As COVID-19 impacts our industry, the Chapter would would like to unite and become a resource all of us can use to share ideas and best practices among our airports. There is a wealth of information between all of us and planning is of utmost importance.

Please find a collaboration of Best Practices below to share and use as you see relevant.

Airport Best Practices:

  • During our daily Airport Status calls we have stopped asking for a list of flights cancelled to asking “Where are we FLYING today”. With this change the mood of the call greatly changed.
  • We are ordering electrostatic cleaning equipment for divisional groups. ARFF, Airport Operations, Terminal Operations etc… This allows each group to clean their own HOUSES.
  • I held a virtual Covid-19 exposure drill today. The scenario had an airport employee who came to work sick, then called out for two days, then eventually tested positive to COVID-19.  What we learned was that by socially separating individuals including co-workers prevented a scenario like this from completely shutting  down the airport.
  • I am instituting a ½ on ½ off rotation with my crews with a 5-day on and 5-days off. Individuals maintain their normal shift 91st, 2nd or 3rd) but will work 5 consecutive days then take 5 consecutive days off.
  • We established a “Recovery Chief” position in our ICS Plan. This position is tracking what systems have been shut down or procedures that have been affected. Their responsibility is to develop the recovery of these objectives.
  • As terminal functions diminish, utilize existing custodial contracts/resources to increase cleanings of essential functional areas: LEO, ARFF, ATCT, Operations (as permitted).

  • Daily teleconferencing with tenants and stakeholders to disseminate information.
  • Consolidating baggage operations.
  • Getting ahead of training requirements; Wildlife Training, Live Burn Training, (AARF).
  • Reducing staff to essential functions, designate teams of two so if there is sickness, it’s not spread it throughout the entire workforce.
  • Not back filling planned leave vacations.
  • Reevaluating 2020 and 2021 Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Shut down / Consolidate parking lots in an effort to reduce bus use.
  • Ensure cleaning and disinfection of facilities are completed during each operational period.
  • Observe electrostatic cleaning of hold rooms, which are currently empty, to ensure compliance with cleaning protocols and manufacturer recommendations.
  • Establish plan to address hold rooms that are currently leased.
  • Establish plan to close certain restrooms to meet passenger loads and reduce cost impact.
  • Establish and implement plan to activate the secondary or backup Communications Center possibly located remotely at an ARFF station or similar. 
  • Track inventory, on a daily basis, supplies for public health objectives, PPE, and other relevant equipment used to clean, disinfect, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Order necessary quantities of cleaning and disinfecting supplies that are low in inventory or non-existent from vendors before 1600 hours each day as required to ensure a steady supply of material.
  • Provide information to your City, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from the Aviation Department on a daily basis at 1700 hours. Information to include inventory, preventive measures, incident actions, or general information in response to COVID-19.
  • Maintain Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Evaluate essential staffing requirements and formulate a plan to reduce staffing exposure while maintaining FAA Part 139 compliance.
  • Develop a compliance plan for all FAA Part 139 requirements to continue all airport operations within the restrictions presented by the pandemic. Request FAA waivers as required.
  • Modifying schedules to reduce staff interactions and implementing on-call programs which leave some essential staff at home and available to cover shifts as needed.
  • Reducing interactions with the public as much as possible, such as making a centralized drop off location for all deliveries.
  • Following CDC recommended guidelines such as practicing social distancing, working from home when practicable, disinfecting, designating sole work spaces and work vehicles, etc.
  • Communicating daily via video conferencing, rather than have in person meetings to discuss essential business functions.
  • Providing employees with updates regarding the coronavirus as they become available from the CDC and other agencies.
  • Implemented an emergency parking plan for additional aircraft RONs – this is in preparation to park air carrier aircraft on various locations on the airfield.
  • Shut down non-essential locations within the terminal (admin office, mezzanine areas) mostly pre-security.  This allows our cleaning crews to focus on a smaller area for continuous disinfectant.
  • All Administration working from home.
  • Split maintenance staff into 2 shifts, limited terminal walkthroughs.
  • Limited Ops staff to two,  12.5 hour shifts per week and limited terminal walkthroughs.
         Badging and badge/driver training limits unless essential.
  • Continuing with Airfield Construction projects.

  • The establishment of a recovery chief to work within an incident command system.