Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions

As an integral part of the national and global infrastructure, airports have a major impact on the economic viability of not only the jurisdiction and region in which they are located, but that of all the markets they serve. In addition, hub airport closures can hamper and degrade service in all markets served by the carriers that use the facility. Airports are experts at emergency response as required by FAR 139. Most incidents experienced by airports last less than one operational period/day. However, if an airport were to experience a catastrophic event that would last several days or weeks, the impact on the local, regional, and national economy would be great. In a prolonged recovery, several weeks to possibly months, alternate business processes, work locations, alternate passenger handling facilities, and other business and operational considerations would be necessary. Given that most models of business continuity plans are based on an information technology format, it has been difficult for airport operators to translate the key roles, critical processes, and other elements to the airport environment. Elements such as alternate facility locations, remote access to critical business functions, and succession planning are among the issues that require in-depth, critical consideration. Research is needed to build a guide for airports that will allow them to consistently and effectively plan for recovery from a prolonged disaster. This guidebook would be the logical next step for airports in a comprehensive emergency and recovery plan. The objective of this project is to develop a guidebook that airport officials can use to effectively prepare and plan for the sustained ability to operate during and after a catastrophic event.</font></div>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 3-18

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Risk Solutions International

  • Principal Investigators:

    Carnes, Geoff

  • Start Date: 20100603
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110902
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24421

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461808
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 3-18
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:52PM