Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has prepared this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Andrew Shorter at

The Coastal Carolina Regional 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, the Coastal Carolina Regional 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 cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has facility constraints that limit the airport's ability to accommodate diverted flights while maintaining safe and secure operations of the facility. Therefore, the airport encourages prior contact and coordination except for the cases of in-flight emergencies. The facility constraints include the following:

  • Limited capacity and equipment to accommodate aircraft larger than Group III
  • Limited number of terminal gates
  • Limited aircraft parking and total apron areas
  • Limited fueling capacity
  • Limited size of sterile area
  • No on-site CBP/Customs processing areas or personnel

Airport Information

Name of Airport: Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Andrew Shorter, Airport Director
Preparer contact number: (252) 638-8591 Ext 232
Preparer contact e-mail:
Date of submission of plan: May 12, 2017
Airport Category: Non Hub

Contact Information

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact Airport Operations and Security at (252) 617-5830 or the Operations and Facilities Manager at (252) 670-6948 for assistance.

Plan to Provide for Deplanement of passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport owns a light-duty passenger ramp that can be raised to accommodate a moderate aircraft door height of 7 feet. Airport personnel is not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers. The airport will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, and fixed-based operators, who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers for aircraft operators making requests for such services in order to limit excessive tarmac delays for their passengers.

Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

There are three gates at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport sharing one common sterile area. We will direct our common use tenant air carriers to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate to the extent practicable. Our TSA personnel is not on station following the last departure of the evening (time varies with seasonal schedules). If aircraft re-boarding is required during this period the TSA supervisor will be notified to recall the duty screeners to process the passengers.

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

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport does not have CBP personnel. The nearest location for CBP is the Port at Morehead City. The Airport has a 24-hour phone contact for the CBP ((252) 726-5845) if assistance is required. Once the Port Director approves CBP assistance, an agent would be called to the office in Morehead City then dispatched to the Airport. The time for the agent to report to the office would be added to the approximate one-hour driving time from the Port to the Airport.

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport has one security checkpoint, one moderately sized open seating area with three gates, and one set of restrooms that constitute the entire sterile area. The tenant air carriers use the common sterile area for the approximately ten inbound and ten outbound flights daily. The Airport would coordinate and work with our tenant air carriers and the CBP official to allow international passengers who have not yet cleared the United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into the sterile area to the maximum extent practicable. Due to the unavoidable delay of the arrival of the CBP and the limited ability to provide an exclusive-use sterile area for passengers who have not cleared customs, it is recommended that the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport only be considered for international flights experiencing an aircraft emergency.

Public Access to the Emergency Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan.

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan by posting a copy of the plan on our airport website ( and posting a notice of its availability in the passenger terminal.

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