Research Field: Policy & Planning
Airports can benefit significantly by integrating standard business planning with all aspects of resiliency planning (e.g., business continuity plans, continuity of operations plans, airport emergency plans, recovery plans, and resiliency plans). However, because of limited resources and expertise, small airports often have challenges in plan integration. Recent events, such as the pandemic, have shown how strong the interaction is between an airport's business plan and its ability to sustain operations and recover from adverse events. Research is needed to help small airports understand the benefits of integrated contingency planning and identify organizational and financial opportunities to improve their resiliency and move closer to self sufficiency.
The objective of this research is to develop guidance and products to help small and non-hub airports effectively integrate their business continuity plans, continuity of operations plans, airport emergency plans, recovery plans, and resiliency plans. The research should identify resources, provide case studies, and provide a scalable method for contingency planning integration.