The Impact of Regulatory Compliance Costs on Small Airports

Over time, federal, state, and local governments have gradually increased the regulatory requirements on U.S. airports. The costs associated with incorporating ongoing regulations in a wide array of subject areas have steadily added to airport operating costs. There is a growing concern for small and nonhub airports that have limited staff and financial resources with which to fulfill their regulatory responsibilities. For many small airports, lower passenger enplanements limit their ability to raise revenue or cut costs significantly to make up for the financial requirements of increased regulation. With budgets already stretched by operating costs and capital expenditures, many small airports are struggling to absorb compliance costs associated with the cumulative regulatory requirements. While government agencies provide some funding for new regulatory initiatives, costs attributed to ongoing compliance remain unfunded. The objective of this research is to identify and quantify (cost) the cumulative effects of regulatory compliance requirements at small and nonhub airports. The research analyzed each requirement from initial implementation through ongoing maintenance, and estimated its associated costs. Each requirement was matched up to the funding sources (if any) associated with that particular regulatory requirement. The report provides airport operators and others with an understanding of the cumulative effects of regulatory compliance requirements.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-25

  • 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
  • Performing Organizations:

    Unison Consulting, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Molar, Barry

  • Start Date: 20110613
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38408

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547674
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-25
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2014 1:00AM