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Bradley International Airport - Emergency Contingency Plan 6/8/2012

Bradley International Airport

Bradley International Airport 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 Eric N. Waldron at  Bradley International Airport 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, Bradley International Airport 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).

Bradley International Airport (BDL) has facility and/or equipment constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport’s Operations Department at 860-627-3001 or 860-292-2089 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency.  Specific facility constraints include the following:

  • The International Arrivals Building used by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to process International passengers has only one jet-bridge and an occupancy capability of less than 400 passengers.  Only one International flight can be processed at a time.
  • The airport has provided holding space for 850 International passengers that has been approved for use by CBP.
  • There is no de-icing capability for an A-380 aircraft.
  • There is no tug capable of pushing an A-380 aircraft at the airport.
  • There is no A-340 aircraft tow bar at the airport.
  • There are only 2 gates at the Domestic terminal that are marked to accommodate 767 or larger wide-body aircraft (gates 9 & 11); as noted above, there is only 1 international gate capable of accommodating a 767 or larger wide-body aircraft.
  • There is only 1 air carrier fueling company providing fuel to scheduled diverted airline aircraft at BDL.

We are in the process of noting these constraints for BDL’s Airport/Facility Directory (AFD) record; however, due to requirements for submittal of updates to this Directory and the frequency which the AFD is published, it is unclear when these updates will actually be available in that document.  During diversion events BDL will issue 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:  Bradley International Airport

Name and title of person preparing the plan: Eric N. Waldron

Preparer contact number:  860-292-2083

Preparer contact e-mail:

Date of submission of plan: May 11, 2012

Airport Category:    Large Hub  *      Medium Hub  X     Small Hub  *      Non Hub  *

Contact Information

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Duty Manager at 860-627-3001 or 860-292-2089 for assistance.

Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive
Tarmac Delays

Bradley International Airport does not own or operate any of the equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers.  However, we have requested that each airline, ground handler and FBO operation on the airport provide us with a list of the equipment and resources they have for deplaning passengers and contact information.  We will provide this inventory and contact information 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

The gates at Bradley International Airport are under preferential lease to air carriers and are not fully controlled by the airport.  In addition, we have 3 gates that are currently not occupied or leased to any carrier and which are fully controlled by the airport.  We will make these 3 gates available for use during emergencies and we may also be able to direct a tenant airline to accommodate another air carrier aircraft at its preferentially leased gate during those time periods when the tenant airline is not using, or not scheduled to use, the gates, should an emergency need arise.  We will work with our tenant air carriers to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate that is not fully controlled by the airport during those time periods the gates are not in use or not scheduled to be in use, to the maximum extent practicable.



Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

BDL has defined sterile areas capable of accommodating limited numbers (up to 850) of international passengers.  BDL has coordinated with our Regional CBP office (Boston) on the development of an operating plan for these sterile areas that met all of CBP’s written and stated concerns for utilizing the spaces for accommodating International passengers who have not cleared US CBP. CBP – Boston approved these plans on May 7, 2012.  Furthermore, BDL has held 2 (two) very successful tabletop exercises with approximately 175 airport stakeholders in attendance (including four CBP representatives, TSA, fifteen CT State Police Supervisors, all BDL based airlines, Aircraft Service handlers, concessionaires, BDL’s Contracted Security provider and airport staff), to familiarize members of our airport community with the space, to identify roles and responsibilities for the various entities to perform if the space is used and to be clear about how it must be operated in the event it is needed to accommodate un-cleared International passengers. During an actual event requiring use of these areas, BDL will continue to coordinate with local CBP officials on utilization of these sterile areas, to the extent practicable.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

Bradley International Airport 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 (

·        Providing notice of the availability of the plan on the airport’s social media accounts.

·        Posting signs in conspicuous locations in the terminals.

·        Advertising the availability of the plan in local newspapers of record.

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