Airport Response to Special Events

Airports of all sizes participate in special events both on and off the airport. Best known are the large sporting events such as the Super Bowl, the Olympics, or Formula One races; however, many communities host regional events that impact local airports. The prospect of a special event almost always engenders excitement and high expectations by the host city and participants. These events can have significant economic impacts. Host communities put a lot of effort into planning and managing events. However, even with the best preparations, such events almost always hold surprises for organizers. For smaller airports, the knowledge and resources needed to prepare for an event may not be as readily available, making the event all the more challenging to plan and manage. This synthesis report presents information from the literature and interviews that describe how airports respond to special events. The synthesis offers six case examples that demonstrate how airports of all sizes plan, manage, and recover from special events. The report will be of special interest to event sponsors and airport operators, particularly those at smaller airports desiring the economic benefits of the special event while managing with few staff.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 150p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309271448
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 02-03A, Topic S10-12
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2014 11:26AM