Excessive Tarmac Delay Plan
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
Airport Emergency Contingency Plan, Excessive Tarmac Delays
Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field
The Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to 42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Christopher Rodgers, Airport Executive Director. Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport and (2) the airport may be used by an air carrier described in USC 42301(a)(1) for diversions.
This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field will:
- Provide assistance for the deplanement of passengers upon request of the air carrier
- Provide for sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport
- Provide a sterile holding area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared US Customs and Border Protection
Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field has limited space available for parking aircraft on the terminal ramp. Other areas could be made available; the airport encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport for prior coordination of diverted flights, with the exception of a declared in-flight emergency. US Customs and Border Protection are located on the airport, but in the event of after hours, weekends or holidays there will be time delays for them to reach the airport.
Name of Airport: Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Christopher Rodgers
Contact Number: 814-833-4258
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of submission of plan: 6/7/12
Airport Category: Non Hub
In the event of diversions or irregular operations, air carries should contact the Airport Police Department at 814-397-9911. Notification will then be made to the airport Executive Director, Airport Police Chief, Airfield Foreman/Fire Chief, Airfield Operations, and the Terminal building Supervisor. If necessary the airport will contact US Customs and Border Protection. The local FBO will be contacted by the local representative of the air carrier.
Deplanement of Passengers and Airline Gate Availability
Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field recognizes that air carriers may require assistance from the Airport Authority to ensure compliance with the directives of DOT Part 259 for flights operating at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field.
The airport does own and operate a set of motorized air stairs which would be available to assist with removing passengers from an air carrier aircraft. The airport will also provide contact information to assist air carriers experiencing excessive tarmac delays.
Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field has a total of 7 passenger boarding gates that are controlled by the airport. 3 of these 7 gates are passenger boarding bridges; all 7 of the gates at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field are under preferential and/or exclusive long term leases to air carriers and are not fully controlled by the airport. The airport will work directly with our common use tenant’s gate lessees, permittees or users to make gates available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate, to the maximum extent practicable. If additional gates are needed, we will work with direct tenant air carriers to make preferential and/or exclusive use gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate, during those time periods when the tenant airline is not using, or not scheduled to use, the gates, to the maximum extent practicable. The airport is unable to accommodate aircraft larger than 737-400. Larger aircraft will have to deplane passengers from remote parking positions.
Assistance Provided by the Airport
Upon request by an airline experiencing excessive tarmac delay, the Airport Authority may be able to provide assistance by:
- Provide or assist in providing transportation for passengers deplaning aircraft parked at remote locations
- Transporting items from the terminal building to a remotely parked aircraft on the request by an air carrier
Excessive Tarmac Delay Situation Involving an International Diversion
Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field has on location a US Customs and Border Protection facility that is capable of accommodating a limited number of international passengers. Upon notification from the airline, the airport will make notification to the contact representative of US Customs and Border Protection in charge at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field.
Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan/Excessive Tarmac Delays
A copy of the Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field Airport Emergency Contingency Plan/Excessive Tarmac Delays will be added to the Airport Certification Manual.