Realistic Use of Economically Integrated Business Park Development for Airports

The development of industrial and commercial business parks adjacent to airports has historically been viewed as a "compatible land use development" exercise, not an airport revenue generation exercise. Nationally, insufficient attention has been given to the issue of developing airport co-located business parks so as to increase airport revenues. In 1969 there were about 6,700 public use airports in the U.S. Today, there are only about 5,000; and, since 1969 without exception, the number of public use airports declined annually. Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report Number 44, "A Guidebook for the Preservation of Public Use Airports," identified 16 characteristics that help to identify why some airports prosper and others struggle or fail. Many of these 16 characteristics are grounded in economic factors. In short, simple business failures are a major reason(s) why some airports succeed while others fail. ACRP Report 44 principally focused on smaller to mid-sized general aviation airports and primarily on aviation-generated and related revenues. Public use airports that rely solely on aviation-generated and related revenues have a potentially narrow and undiversified revenue stream, making them particularly susceptible to cyclical market downturns. The purpose of this research is to create a Guidebook for successfully developing commercial and industrial business parks near and adjacent to an airport so that airport-sited business park complexes can directly and substantially contribute to total airport revenues. The objective of this research is to generate a comprehensive Guidebook for developing (or redeveloping) airport and airport adjacent commercial and industrial business parks so that they can directly contribute to overall airport revenues. This is, in general, a compatible land use zoning research effort that seeks to integrate the airport with the co-sited business park. Implementing this approach could both increase and diversify airport revenues, making airports more financially secure while less prone to damaging cyclical changes in the aviation industry.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-39

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20141113
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37572

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  • Accession Number: 01543418
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-39
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM