Being Prepared for IROPS: A Business-Planning and Decision-Making Approach

This report provides a guidebook with a decision-making process for airport management to use in justifying airport planning and funding decisions (operations and maintenance (O&M) and capital) related to supporting irregular operations (IROPS) contingency planning. This decision-making process includes the principal stakeholders involved: airports, airlines, and agencies and considers the differences in airport characteristics (e.g., geographic location, use and lease agreements). Factors considered include the projected frequency of IROPS events, impacts on the airport and its stakeholders, and effectiveness of the proposed mitigation alternatives. Each potential investment is evaluated in terms of strategic challenges, user benefits, and tactical complexity. The research presents a structured approach to quantifying the lifecycle economic value of proposed IROPS mitigation alternatives through a spreadsheet-based business-planning and decision support tool. The tool is entitled the IROPS Investment Support Tool (IRIS) and is included with the print version of the report in CD-ROM format (CRP-CD-144). The CD-ROM is also available for download from the Transportation Research Board’s website as an ISO image.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; CD-ROM; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 88p
  • Serial:
    • ACRP Report
    • Issue Number: 106
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1935-9802
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01521835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309283847
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 10-14
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2014 1:04PM