Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) is a joint use former military airbase and is one of the world’s only cargo dedicated airports.

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) began the Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) Master Plan process in September, 2016 to outline a long range strategic direction consistent with the Columbus Region’s goal to be a global logistics leader.

This collaborative effort will run concurrently with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) 2018 Rickenbacker Area Comprehensive Study. The result will be a strategy for assisting Central Ohio stakeholders to position and develop the Rickenbacker area as a successful international logistics hub.

Both processes will engage the community and partner organizations to ensure it reflects the great thinking of local and national experts and the Columbus Region.

About Rickenbacker and the Master Plan

Commercial development on and near Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) was anticipated in the 1995 Final Environmental Impact Statement for transfer of the base from the military to the Rickenbacker Port Authority, which later merged with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA). In 1998, the former airport authority finalized a master plan for the long-term future development at LCK. Much has changed since then.

The goal of this master plan is to provide alternative options for future airport development that address current and future demand, identify the role of the airport in the local, regional and national aviation system, and provide potential utilization or re-use options for existing infrastructure and airport facilities.

This effort is being funded with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is expected to be completed in 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

An airport master plan is needed for two reasons. First, to establish a logical set of development parameters and timelines that will coincide with the airport’s needs over time. Second, the FAA requires an up-to-date plan to remain eligible for federal grants. Many capital improvement projects are eligible to receive up to 90% funding from the federal government.

The Rickenbacker International Airport Master Plan will include:

  1. An inventory of existing conditions.
  2. Activity forecasts to identify growth trends and changing conditions.
  3. Demand-capacity analysis to assess improvement needs.
  4. An overview of known environmental resources and land-use controls to identify potential on and off-airport related impacts.
  5. A development plan to enhance safety and accommodate future growth and changing conditions.
  6. An implementation (capital improvement) plan that identifies funding sources and project sequencing for the short term (1 to 5 years), intermediate term (5 to 10 years), and long term (10 to 20 years).

The master planning process will result in the following two products:

  1. Airport Layout Plan (ALP) – A set of plans that graphically depicts the phased development of the airport.
  2. Airport Master Plan Report – A written report which technically justifies, through sufficiently detailed narrative descriptions and graphic presentation, the Airport Layout Plan.

The simplest way is through this website. You can learn about upcoming public meetings, read materials from prior meetings and review project deliverables as they are developed. Sign up to receive meeting notices or send us a question or comment on our contact page.

All public meetings will be widely announced well in advance.

Approval of the Rickenbacker International Airport Master Plan is obtained from the CRAA Board of Directors, which operates the airport, and the FAA, which ultimately approves the Airport Layout Plan. The FAA’s approval of the plan represents acceptance of the general location of the future facilities depicted with respect to safety, efficiency, and utility of the airport. Additional approvals and steps are usually necessary before a project can move forward to the construction phase.

FAA’s approval of the Airport Layout Plan is the first step in the development process. Often, an environmental review will follow for priority projects during a given timeframe (usually 5 years or less). After all necessary approvals are obtained, a project may then move forward to the construction phase.