Modernizing Air Cargo Operations and Infrastructure at U.S. Airports

The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for airports of all types and sizes to help modernize their airport cargo facilities, processes, and operations in coordination with a variety of stakeholders. The guidebook should address the optimization of a multimodal approach to facilitate the flow of commerce and the movement of goods in coordination with on- and off-airport facilities and services, while considering constraints of surrounding local or regional transportation systems on cargo.  The guidebook should include, but not limited to, the following considerations:   (1) Best practices in data collection to assist with cargo forecasting and on-going operations; (2) Determining the proportionate required land on or off-airport to support air cargo; (3) Planning for specialized handling and storage facilities (e.g., critical care needs, perishables, etc.); (4) How emerging technologies may impact future cargo operations and facilities (e.g., autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), blockchain, databanks, Internet of Things (IoT), etc.); (5) Emerging security technologies and related protocols; (6) Role of freight forwarders and other logistic service providers; (7) Applicability of cargo community systems within trade corridors; (8) Promoting communication and the importance of cargo to stakeholders, airport planners, and overall community planning; (9) Systemic constraints and opportunities in megaregions and their effects on cargo; (7) The latest design trends on multi-story facilities and their potential to alleviate land availability concerns; (8) Opportunities and barriers to integrate sustainable features into cargo facility development and operations, including subsequent cost savings (e.g., transportation electrification, zero net energy facilities, etc.); (9) International facility benchmarking; and (10) Financing alternatives for cargo development.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-63

  • 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:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    SASI World

    Marco Island, Florida  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Diamond, Mark

  • Start Date: 20210729
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230128
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748069
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-63
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2020 10:02AM