The aviation industry is still weathering the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to a new normal. At the end of March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law, providing some much-needed financial relief to airports.
Now, airports are faced with new challenges to adapt their spaces to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Strategic solutions are needed to help meet these guidelines and accommodate the increase in passengers as cities start to open again.
Recently, the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services released a document titled Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus.
Runway to Recovery identifies measures that airports and airlines should implement across all operations and phases of travel to, from, and within the United States, along with a roadmap explaining how those measures should be adapted for air travel. The document discusses the need for a risk-based approach based on geographical differences. RS&H is exploring this further and developing strategies for airport-specific risk assessments that not only consider geographic or community risk, but also airport-specific factors that could reduce those risks.
RS&H is committed to helping airports adapt to this new normal. Here are a few resources that may help your airport now:
- [VIDEO] Strategic Solutions for a Safer Airport Ticketing Area
- Do You Have a Plan to Manage Your Airport’s Pavement?
- How the CARES Act Affects Airport Funding
- The CARES Act and Capital Program Strategy
- How Virtual Inspections & Site Visits Can Keep Projects Moving
- Design Charrettes in a Time of Social Distancing
- Video Tips for Your Next Virtual Meeting
- ICAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Platform
- COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations from the Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel June 2020
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