ACRP has undertaken several syntheses and research projects to identify and study ways airports provide assistance to older travelers and those with disabilities as they navigate through airports and use airport services. However, none of this research has conducted a systematic assessment of the effectiveness of these programs and services. Airports mainly depend on anecdotal evidence including lack of customer complaints and limited customer feedback to gauge the success of these programs and services. Research is needed that will address this gap by providing examples of best practices and evaluation tools.
The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook with assessment tools (to include a presentation and video) to help airports develop, monitor, and evaluate programs and services that improve the airport experience for travelers with disabilities and older adults. The guidebook will be developed for a variety of types and sizes of airports to utilize when considering new and evaluating existing programs and services.