U.S. Airports:

Selected Airports' Views on Federal Requirements

RCED-99-58R: Published: Jan 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1999.

Additional Materials:


John H. Anderson, Jr
(202) 512-8024


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on airports' complaints concerning Federal Aviation Administration requirements, focusing on: (1) which federal laws, regulations, and administrative requirements potentially affect airports' development, operations, and financing; and (2) which federal requirements airport officials view as having a positive or negative effect on their airports and why.

GAO noted that: (1) the federal statutes, regulations, and administrative requirements that airports are subject to can be grouped into 11 categories, ranging from environmental, noise, and security requirements to bond rules; (2) many of these requirements, such as federal design and construction standards and federal contracting procedures, are tied to airports' acceptance of grant monies; (3) other Airport Improvement Program grants--a major source of federal aid to airports requires--that airport owners sign a series of assurances that the funds will be spent according to pertinent laws, regulations, or administrative policies; (4) officials responding to a GAO survey indicated that requirements in these areas had a generally positive effect because they provided guidance and structure to decision-making; (5) none of the categories elicited a majority of negative responses; though more airport officials indicated a negative effect than a positive one for two categories--federal environmental requirements and contracting requirements; and (6) those officials commenting unfavorably characterized these requirements as burdensome to administer or not cost-effective.

Mar 2, 2021

Feb 18, 2021

Jan 28, 2021

Jan 7, 2021

Dec 18, 2020

Dec 17, 2020

Nov 24, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Nov 16, 2020

Nov 9, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here