Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance (Title VI, LEP, EJ)

Recipients of federal financial assistance from the FAA, such as airport sponsors and State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 2000d). Title VI prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin (including limited English proficiency). Title 49 of the U.S.C. section 47123, "Nondiscrimination" (49 U.S.C. § 47123), further prohibits FAA recipients from engaging in discrimination based on sex and creed (religion). Additionally, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 6101), prohibits discrimination against FAA program beneficiaries based on age. Finally, Title 49 CFR part 21 requires the FAA to ensure that FAA recipients provide equal opportunity and access in all programs and activities.

Under these authorities, recipients are required to take affirmative action to ensure nondiscrimination in all of their operations, including but not limited to:

  • The recipients' obligation to address Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Environmental Justice (EJ) in their planning and operations
  • The recipients’ requirement to conspicuously display nondiscrimination posters at their airports, notifying the flying public of their rights
  • Local, state and Federally assisted contracts 
  • Federal financial assistance primarily used to provide employment
  • The benefits and services provided by their tenants, air carriers, concessionaires, and fixed based operators.

Additionally, FAA is responsible for:

  • Conducting Title VI compliance reviews of airport sponsors and other FAA recipients 
  • Working with external customers to provide oversight and technical assistance with regard to Title VI programs, goals, accomplishments and training
  • Investigating complaints of discrimination against recipients of Federal financial assistance in FAA programs.

To review the Title VI Pre-Grant Award Checklist, click here.

To review the FAA Title VI Plan Template, click here.

To review the FAA Community Participation Plan Template, click here

Last updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024