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.