Legal Aspects of Airport Programs

Review and Corrective Action for Long-Term, Exclusive Agreements in the ACDBE Program

The Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program rules set for th in 49 CFR Part 23 prohibits airport sponsors from entering into long-term, exclusive (LTE) agreements for concessions, except under very limited conditions and only with pre-review and approval from the FAA Office of Civil Rights. The DOT published the final rule in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012, but according to one compliance specialist, LTEs continue to exist, uncorrected, or entered into unknowingly by airport operators. This Legal Research Digest topic will provide direction for airport managers and attorneys in concessions agreement compliance.

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