The National Academies

ACRP 01-52 [Anticipated]

Championing the Airport System--Challenges the Paradigm

  Project Data
Funds: $690,000
Staff Responsibility: Marci A. Greenberger
Fiscal Year: 2022

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

U.S. airports provide safe and reliable facilities for aircraft operations and contribute significant benefits to the economy. Aviation demand continues to grow, technology continues to advance at an increasingly rapid pace, aging infrastructure needs to be replaced and upgraded, and new safety and security protocols need to be incorporated. Yet the funding mechanisms used to finance these efforts have remained relatively unchanged for many years, resulting in a growing concern for the long-term sustainability of many airports. Additionally, in many communities, airports are not viewed as having a positive impact, which may increase funding uncertainty. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new focus on the limits and deficiencies of the current airport economic model, creating an inflection point for the industry.    Research is needed to identify new means for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the U.S. airport system.
The objectives of this research are to assess the current economic model for funding airports, identify and evaluate other models (including those from other countries and industries) for their possible application to U.S. airports, and recommend new funding models and processes.
Note: The panel for this project will consist of members of the ACRP Oversight Committee; panel nominations are not being solicited.

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