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New guidance for mitigating the risks created by aircraft overflow parking

Aircraft grounded by COVID-19 could pose risks to airside infrastructure

Montreal, 24 April 2020 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has today issued a list of practices to assist airports in mitigating the risks created by temporary aircraft overflow parking on airport infrastructure due to COVID-19.

With travel restrictions introduced in response to the global pandemic, airports are faced with the challenge of finding locations to support the parking of temporary overflow aircraft.

This poses major risks to airside infrastructure, including:

  • damage from the use of pavement in a way not originally intended
  • aircraft damage, whether by foreign object debris (FOD) or the risk of collision
  • runway or taxiway incursion, and
  • issues around aircraft access and availability.

The purpose of this Advisory Bulletin – Mitigating the risks created by overflow aircraft parking – is to provide guidance for special aircraft parking arrangements and outlines key measures and requirements needed to diminish the risks created by aircraft overflow parking.

“The ongoing health crisis has resulted in an unprecedented disruption of global air transport and has imposed operational challenges to airside infrastructure,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said. “It is crucial for airports to implement adequate measures to mitigate the risks created by aircraft overflow parking, and to continue to ensure best safety practices and airfield operations.

“As the industry navigates the crisis and then plans for a stable recovery, airport operators should also consider re-certification of runway and taxiway pavements used to park aircrafts during the COVID-19 pandemic before resuming operations.”

The guidelines are structured in two sections:

  1. Best practices for special aircraft parking arrangements, and
  2. Key aspects in mitigating the risks created by aircraft overflow parking on runways and taxiways.

Notes for editors

  1. Read the full Advisory Bulletin.
  2. ACI World has released a detailed breakdown of the predicted economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global airport industry.
  3. More information on ACI World Economics, Statistics, and Policy initiatives.
  4. Stay up to date with ACI World’s COVID-19 communications through its dedicated news hub.
  5. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, customer-centric and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2020, ACI serves 668 members, operating 1979 airports in 176 countries.

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Bojana Jeremic
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ACI World
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Manager, Communications
ACI World
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