The National Academies

ACRP 11-02/Task 44 [Active]

Developing an Airport Communicable Disease Response Plan Template

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Staff Responsibility: Joseph D. Navarrete
Research Agency: The Cadmus Group
Principal Investigator: Scott Teper
Effective Date: 5/1/2023
Completion Date: 1/22/2024


Airport communicable disease response plans (CDRPs) are multi-agency coordination plans maintained by airports that outline the main roles and responsibilities of key agencies during various illness responses.  CDRPs allow for several types of responses and contingencies ranging from response to a single individual illness or death to a mass illness response.  They include potential locations for entry and exit screening, as well as responsibilities of partners during a pandemic.  CDRPs are also used by airport partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its quarantine stations, to coordinate activities during public health responses.  Although not required by federal aviation regulation, many airports have found CDRPs valuable and would benefit from a template and guide for their development.  


The objective of this research is to develop templates and a guide to help airports prepare CDRPs that are practical, scalable, implementable, and easily updated. The templates should be designed to help airports create CDRPs for the following situations, at a minimum:

  • Within an airport response plan at a port with a co-located CDC quarantine station;
  • As a stand-alone document at a port with a co-located CDC quarantine station;
  • As a document at a sub-port of a CDC quarantine station; and
  • For other commercial service and general aviation airports.

The templates should allow airports to respond to a range of situations (e.g., an isolated incident, pandemics) and consider various populations within an airport (e.g., employees, tenants, passengers).

The guide should help airports:

  • Select and populate the appropriate template based on their unique situation, goals, and priorities;
  • Identify and coordinate with relevant stakeholders when developing the plan; and
  • Provide suggestions for testing, benchmarking, and updating the plan.

The table below presents the schedule for key activities and deliverables for this project.

Months from Contract Start




Notice to Proceed


Contractor submits revised work plan, incorporating panel comments


Web meeting with panel to finalize work plan


Contractor submits Working Paper 1, that should include a review and summary of relevant ACRP and non-ACRP research and a representative sample of at least six current CDRPs


Web meeting with panel to review Working Paper 1


Contractor submits Working Paper 2, that should include the results of at least one focus group of key partners and practitioners to determine current practice and areas for improvement with regard to developing airport CDRPs


Web meeting with panel to review Working Paper 2


Contractor submits draft CDRP templates and guide


Web meeting with panel to review draft templates and guide


Contractor submits final CDRP templates and guide

Research is underway.


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