Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S01-26. Characteristics of the FBO Industry 2020-2021

ACRP Synthesis 108 Characteristics of the fixed base operator (FBO) Industry 2018-2019 was published using 2018 data, which established a baseline about the fixed base operator (FBO) industry. Much has happened at general aviation (GA) airports and to business and personal flying during the pandemic. It would be valuable to the GA airport community to reassess and update the analysis presented in Synthesis 108 and reflect on new services and business models developed for these airports post-pandemic. In 2018, there were 3,661 FBO's at public use airports in the U.S. There were consolidation trends in place as "mom and pop" FBOs were purchased by larger companies or ceased to exist if owners retired and there were no acquisition options. The pandemic put extraordinary pressures on airports of all sizes. Some GA airports prospered; others languished.   The objective of this research is to update ACRP Synthesis 108 Characteristics of the FBO Industry 2018-2019, to examine how the pandemic affected FBO operations in different markets, and to analyze external and internal factors that led to changes in the industry, ownership patterns, and services offered at different size airports in the U.S. The audience for this synthesis are FBO and airport operators.  


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  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S01-26

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Start Date: 20211214
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 01830016
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S01-26
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2021 3:29PM