A Balanced Look at Local Airport Activity and Climate Change

ACRP Report 132: The Role of U.S. Airports in the National Economy (2015) demonstrated that the nation’s airport system provides essential transportation services for millions of travelers and shippers of goods. Public use airports in the United States create and sustain 11.5 million jobs and contribute $1.6 trillion to the economy annually when direct, indirect, and induced economic effects are considered. However, aviation results in both benefits and disbenefits (e.g., as described in ACRP Research Report 221: Measuring Quality of Life in Communities Surrounding Airports). As communities become more socially and environmentally conscious, increased concerns focused on some of the adverse impacts of aviation activity, including its contribution to climate change. This has most recently appeared as social pressure to discourage air travel. Airport practitioners need resources to effectively communicate the industry's benefits and impacts, including economic impacts, environmental impacts, and sustainability efforts, to multiple audiences in a balanced, evidence-based manner. The objective of this research is to provide resources and guidelines to help airports present a balanced and objective look at the benefits and disbenefits of air travel and local airport activity.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-102

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    GRA Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Berardino, Frank

  • Start Date: 20220926
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240320
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779165
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-102
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2021 10:32PM