Research Projects

Review of Governance Structures In Reserve

Assigned to Syed Mehdi

Should an airport be run by the City, an Authority, in partnership with a Private party (PPP) or totally privatized (European model). What will be the best option for the airport?

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Many airports are amidst a growth cycle and require substantial cash injection to accommodate growth. Are the city administrations ready for it or are the priorities different? This report will examine and benchmark various parameters and financial information among various airports and ownership/management structures

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

How to identify whether a change is right f
or your airport to create the most efficient operation
What should be considered when a new airport is determining structure?
Quantitative research identifying/examining KPIs, benchmarks, parameters and ASQ scores
Examine budgetary impacts different department operations have in a City
-ran versus Authority ran situation (i.e.
Fire and rescue, Police Dept, Human Resources, etc.)
Approval processes -
new developments (aeronautical/non
-aeronautical), policy changes, hiring, etc. –
efficiencies (time of execution of contract)
How to implement and justify a change in governance
Stakeholder influence and selling the change
– marketing research?

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$275,000 budget
Due to governance legalities, a legal firm should be on team awarded the contract and their hourly costs warrant
a higher allowance
Quantitative research may require travel to include in budget
Qualitative research can be compiled from past performance measures and does not
require a long research study
period or high expense
Since the airport audience that may put this guide into practice will be selective, it does not warrant a budget that
could take away from other ACRP projects with a wider audience and larger expense to

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP Report 66 – Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization
Airport Privatization: Issues and Options for Congress Rachel Y. Tang Analyst in Transportation and Industry
August 16, 2017
- Limited Interest despite FAA's Pilot Program, Report to Congressional
Addressees, November 2014

Idea No. 10