Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S03-06. Adaptive Re-use of Vacated on Airport Facilities

Over the last decade, the air transport industry's financial condition has deteriorated significantly. Several air carriers and service organizations have either failed or have been forced to file for bankruptcy. During this period, a number of factors have contributed to the dramatic financial losses for airlines, particularly legacy carriers, including rapid cost escalation for fuel, employee benefits, retiree obligations, September 11 terrorism, and losses of profitable passenger and cargo component traffic. In response, air carriers and service providers have reduced their operating costs, restructured their operations, and adopted new business strategies to counter unsustainable financial losses and to achieve long-term financial viability. A core part of some business' recovery strategies have been to invalidate no-longer-needed long term facility leases with airports. Many carriers now contract for services in lower cost locations or that use non-union employees. For example, the majority of major aircraft scheduled maintenance is now undertaken through contracts with non-union maintenance centers in Asia. Airport revenues and budgets are negatively impacted when an airline or service provider vacates a long-term leased facility. When an airport tenant vacates a facility, particularly under bankruptcy protection, the airport becomes immediately responsible for closing the facility, remediating hazardous conditions left by the tenant, and implementing a reuse strategy. All of these tasks are unbudgeted expenses, and many times, difficult to implement.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100501
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24613

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  • Accession Number: 01461757
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:51PM