Master Plan

An Airport Master Plan is an exhaustive, airport-wide study with the goal of developing short-, medium- and long-term plans to meet future aviation demand. The specific process is highly variable and dependent on each airport, but the general process includes pre-planning, public involvement, environmental considerations, existing conditions inventory, aviation forecasts, facility requirements, alternatives development, Airport Layout Plan (ALP), facilities implementation plan, and financial feasibility analysis.

Memphis International Airport’s Master Plan was most recently updated in 2010. The study identifies Planning Activity Levels, or “PALs,” that represent future levels of activity at which key improvements are necessary and the study assumes the realization of PAL 1, PAL 2, and PAL 3 in approximately 2012, 2017, and 2027, respectively. The final deliverables for the update are a technical report, an executive summary, a brochure, and an ALP.

Technical Report

The Master Plan Technical Report contains the detailed technical information for each part of the Master Plan process. The report is available in sections.

Cover/Overview/Table of Contents
Airport Inventory
Aviation Demand Forecasts
Facility Requirements
Airfield Alternatives
Terminal Development Alternatives
Recommended Development Plan

Executive Summary

The Master Plan Executive Summary is a highly-visual, “coffee table” booklet that is less detailed than the technical report. This 11” x 17” document summarizes the Master Plan process and findings.

Master Plan Executive Summary


The Master Plan Brochure is a board overview in a “mail-ready” document. This foldable document consists of an 8.5 x 11” front and back, an 8.5” x 17” summary page, and an 11” x 17” map of the Recommended Development Plan.

Master Plan Brochure

Airport Layout Plan

The Master Plan ALP drawing set graphically depicts the existing and future airport layouts, the obstructions to airspace, standard takeoff and landing zones, runway navigational aids, and property information.

Cover Sheet
Existing Airport Layout Drawing
Future Airport Layout Drawing
Future Terminal Area Drawing
FAR Part 77 Airport Airspace Drawing
FAR Part 77 Outer Surfaces Drawing RW 9
FAR Part 77 Outer Surfaces Drawing RW 27
FAR Part 77 Outer Surfaces Drawing RW’s 18L, 18C, 18R
FAR Part 77 Outer Surfaces Drawing RW’s 36L, 36C, 36R
Inner Approach Plans and Profiles RW 9/27
Departure Surface RW 9/27
One Engine Inoperative Surface RW 9/27
Inner Approach Plans and Profiles RW 18R/36L
Departure Surface RW 18R/36L
One Engine Inoperative Surface RW 18R/36L
Inner Approach Plans and Profiles RW 18C/36C
Departure Surface RW 18C/36C
One Engine Inoperative Surface RW 18C/36C
Inner Approach Plans and Profiles RW 18L/36R
Departure Surface RW 18L/36R
One Engine Inoperative Surface RW 18L/36R
Airport NAVAID Drawing
On-Airport Land Use Drawing
Off-Airport Land Use Drawing
Airport Property Drawing