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TARMAC DELAY CONTINGENCY PLAN

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 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 Barry Rondinella at brondinella@lawa.org. LAX is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport or (2) this 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, LAX will:

  • Provide for the deplanement of passengers;

  • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and

  • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

LAX has some facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC) at 424-646-5292 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include the following: 1) limited contact gate access, and 2) limited international arrival passenger staging prior to clearing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections. Depending on the timing of diversion events LAX will be able to issue various NOTAMs regarding its ability to accommodate diverted flights to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport and its ability to serve the civil aviation needs of the public during irregular operations events.

AIRPORT INFORMATION 

Name of Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Barry Rondinella, Director of LAX Operations
Preparer contact number: 424-646-5292
Preparer contact e-mail: brondinella@lawa.org
Date of submission of plan: May 10, 2012
Airport Category: Large Hub

CONTACT INFORMATION 

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the ARCC Duty Manager at 424-646-5292 or airportoperationsdutymanagers@lawa.org for assistance.

PLAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEPLANEMENT OF PASSENGERS FOLLOWING EXCESSIVE TARMAC DELAYS 

LAX has limited equipment and personnel needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft. We will utilize this equipment to deplane passengers as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines at the contact number listed above. We will also provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators, and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

PLAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE SHARING OF FACILITIES AND MAKE GATES AVAILABLE IN AN EMERGENCY 

Fifty eight gates at LAX are under common use leases to air carriers and are controlled by the airport. Additionally, one hundred and two gates at LAX are under preferential and/or exclusive leases to air carriers and are not fully controlled by the airport. We will direct our common use 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 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.

PLAN TO PROVIDE A STERILE AREA FOR PASSENGERS WHO HAVE NOT CLEARED UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION 

LAX has defined sterile areas capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers. We will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLAN 

LAX will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan through one or more of the following means:

  • Posting in a conspicuous location on the airport website (http://www.lawa.org/lax)
  • Providing notice of the availability of the plan on the airport’s social media accounts.