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Airport Manager References: Airport Minimum Standards

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Airport Manager References: Airport Minimum Standards

Airport minimum standards are an important key in maintaining a high level of aeronautical service to the flying public and promoting the growth of businesses at airports. Minimum standards can help assist airport managers and owners in dealing with property related issues, tenant concerns and problems, and avoiding providing exclusive rights or discriminating against certain operations. Minimum standards can help protect the public, airport facilities, and the airport’s tenants. Below are resources to assist airport managers and owners in the development of airport minimum standards.

Airport Minimum Standards Boilerplate

MnDOT has created a boilerplate minimum standards template. MnDOT reviewed several publications and examples on minimum standards and realized that the task of creating minimum standards for an airport can seem overwhelming. To help, we put together this boilerplate document. While this document should make it easier for an airport to get started, each airport should review and modify the language to fit their needs.

Minimum Standards should go through a public process to be adopted. Part of that process should be a review by your legal counsel to ensure the language is appropriate and enforceable in your community.

We welcome feedback from users to help improve this document for others.

Resources and Guidance for Writing Minimum Standards

Examples of Current Minimum Standards

Federally Obligated Airports

The airport owners of federally obligated airports, as part of their responsibilities, must comply with FAA Airport Grant Assurances. An airport is federally obligated when the airport owner has accepted federal funds to buy land or develop or improve the airport. With the acceptance of federal funds, airports agree to comply with certain grant assurances, some of which relate to tenants and businesses operating on an airport.

The FAA encourages airport owners to develop minimum standards through several of their publications: