Airports (41 - 50 of 56 items)
Aviation Security: Progress Made to Set Up Program Using Private-Sector Airport Screeners, but More Work Remains
GAO-06-166: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: May 1, 2006.
In November 2004, as required by law, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began allowing all commercial airports to apply to use private screeners in lieu of federal screeners as part of its Screening Partnership Program (SPP). GAO's prior work found that airports and potential private screening contractors had concerns about the SPP, including whether they would be liable in the even...
Commercial Aviation: Initial Small Community Air Service Development Projects Have Achieved Mixed Results
GAO-06-21: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
Over the last decade significant changes have occurred in the airline industry. Many legacy carriers are facing challenging financial conditions and low cost carriers are attracting passengers away from some small community airports. These changes, and others, have challenged small communities to attract adequate commercial air service. To help small communities improve air service, Congress estab...
Commercial Aviation: Survey of Small Community Air Service Grantees and Applicants, an E-supplement to GAO-06-21
GAO-06-101SP: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
This document presents the results of two GAO web-based surveys of airports. One survey was to airports that received grants under the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program. The purpose of this was to examine (1) how passenger traffic and air service have changed at the nation's small community airports, (2) how DOT has implemented the Small Community...
National Airspace System: Transformation will Require Cultural Change, Balanced Funding Priorities, and Use of All Available Management Tools
GAO-06-154: Published: Oct 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2005.
The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex network of airports, aircraft, air traffic control (ATC) facilities, employees, and pilots. The aviation industry, which depends on the NAS, contributes about 9 percent to the gross domestic product. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), funded through a tax-financed trust fund and General Fund appropriations, is pursuing a multibillion-dollar m...
National Airspace System: Progress and Ongoing Challenges for the Air Traffic Organization
GAO-05-485T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
Congress's formation of the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), both within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), represent the latest efforts to address the monumental challenges of modernizing the national airspace system (NAS) during the first quarter of the twenty-first century. For more than two decades, FAA has been working to modernize t...
Aviation Security: Private Screening Contractors Have Little Flexibility to Implement Innovative Approaches
GAO-04-505T: Published: Apr 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2004.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in fundamental changes in the way the United States screens airport passengers and their property. One of the most significant changes was the shift from using private screeners to using federal screeners at all but five commercial airports in the United States. These five airports are part of a pilot program, where private screeners perform sc...
Airport Passenger Screening: Preliminary Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Remaining
GAO-03-1173: Published: Sep 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2003.
Passenger screening is critical to the security of our nation's aviation system, particularly in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tasked with securing all modes of transportation, including the screening of airline passengers. TSA has met numerous requirements in this regard, such as deploying more than 50,000 federal s...
Reducing Congestion: Congestion Pricing Has Promise for Improving Use of Transportation Infrastructure
GAO-03-735T: Published: May 6, 2003. Publicly Released: May 6, 2003.
The nation's transportation systems have become increasingly congested, and pressure on them is expected to grow substantially in the future. Most transportation experts think a multifaceted approach is needed to address congestion and improve mobility. One potential tool is congestion pricing, that is, charging users a toll, fee, or surcharge for using transportation infrastructure during certain...
Airport Finance: Using Airport Grant Funds for Security Projects Has Affected Some Development Projects
GAO-03-27: Published: Oct 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2002.
The events of September 11, 2001 created several new challenges for the aviation industry in ensuring the safety and security of the national airport system. Chief among them is deciding to what extent Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funds should be used to finance the new security requirements at the nation's airports. Although many in the aviation industry believe that funding security p...
Options to Enhance the Long-term Viability of the Essential Air Service Program
GAO-02-997R: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2002.
Over two decades ago, Congress deregulated the airline industry, phasing out the federal government's control over domestic fares and routes served and allowing market forces to determine the price, quantity, and quality of service. Concerned that air service to some small communities would suffer in a deregulated environment, Congress established the Essential Air Service (EAS) program as part of...