Airports play an important role in economic growth and are essential hubs for connectivity and trade. With growth of urban areas air traffic is increasing consistently, marking the development of regions such as South-East Asia, South America and others. Following cities, most of the major airports are situated in densely populated areas, next to rivers, in deltas and alongside coasts. Many of these urbanized areas are vulnerable to water extremes which are increased by the effects of climate change. Given the important roles of airports in development as well as during disasters and hazards, planning for resiliency is critical. This is a plea for water sensitive airports, based on our decade-long involvement to create a strong and resilient Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,
the Netherlands. A low-lying airport, in a polder, which faces water challenges on a daily basis.