William P. Hobby 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 Mr. Chuck Farina at Chuck.Farina@Houstontx.gov. William P. Hobby Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.
This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, William P. Hobby Airport will:
- Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
- Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
- Provide CBP support following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared the United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
Name of Airport: William P. Hobby Airport
Name / title of preparer of plan: Byron Oujesky / Emergency Management Coordinator
Preparer contact number: 1-713-845-6907
Preparer contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of submission of plan: 05 / 08 / 2012
Airport Category: Medium Hub
In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Operations Supervisor at 1-713-410-1978 or HOUEmergencyCenter@houstontx.gov for assistance.
Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays:
William P. Hobby Airport 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.
Sharing of Facilities and Gate Availability in an Emergency:
Three gates at William P. Hobby Airport are under common use leases to air carriers and are controlled by the airport. Additionally, 27 gates at William P. Hobby Airport 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 for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection:
William P. Hobby Airport has a defined international passenger processing facility. We will coordinate with local CBP officials to quickly deploy needed CBP staff to clear flights which have been diverted and delayed.