Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

What is the ACDBE and DBE Program?

By federal regulation, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that agencies or entities receiving federal transportation funds for infrastructure improvements shall establish a program to increase the participation of disadvantaged businesses in infrastructure projects (49 CFR Part 26) and opportunities for concessions at airports (49 CFR Part 23).


What are an ACDBE and DBE?

An ACDBE and DBE are for profit small businesses in which 51% of the business is at least owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individual.


ACDBE and DBE Program Objectives:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT–assisted contracts;

  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;

  • To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;

  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;

  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts;

  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.


ACDBE and DBE Program Goals

For the Federal Fiscal Year 2015, -Aerostar’s minimum FAA- approved goals are:


  • 14% of all federal funds received for Airport Infrastructure Improvements shall be contracted with companies certified as DBE.


  • Non-Car Rentals = 11% of the retail income shall be generated by companies certified as ACDBE

  • Car Rental = 5% of the Car Rental expenditures shall be generated by companies certified as ACDBE.

ACDBE and DBE Eligibility Requirements:

1. Socially and economically disadvantaged: Must meet the following criteria

    • U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted member of one of the following groups: Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, women and other individuals found to be disadvantaged in base to base cases.

    • The personal net worth should not exceed $1.32 million, excluding the applicant’s business and his or her main residence.

  2. Business size: DBE:

A DBE Firm must be a small business for profit that meets the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) standards and the average annual gross income for the last three fiscal years must be less than $23,980,000.


The average annual gross income for the last three fiscal years must be less than $56,420,000 except:

    • Car Rental – $75,230,000

    • Banks – $1 billion in assets

    • Car Dealers – 350 employees

  3. Ownership:

At least 51% of the company must be owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

  4. Control:

The individual(s) applying for DBE certification must control the firm’s managerial and day-to-day operations and the eligible owners must have legal authority, technical expertise and ability to control the firm. Only an independent business may be certified as a DBE. An independent business is one that its viability does not depend on its relationship with another business or businesses.

If you meet all the above requirements, you may participate in the program by applying for the ACDBE and DBE certification.  

How to become certified?

The Unified Certification Program (UCP) is the entity responsible of certifying the applicant firms as DBE, ACDBE or both, in states or territories. In Puerto Rico the UCP parties are:

    • 1. Puerto Rico Port Authority
    • 2. Puerto Rico Highway and Transit Authority
    • 3. Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority
    • 4. Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC.
  AEROSTAR is exclusively responsible of evaluating the new certifications and reviewing the existing firms doing business and/or firms that have a formal offer to make business at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. The firms that do not qualify in any of these categories should contact the other Authorities.  

Contact Person

Aerostar’s DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer can be contacted at:


Luis Muñoz Marín Internacional Airport Terminal D Ground Level Carolina, PR  00979 (787) 289-7240 extension 2806 [email protected]

PUBLIC NOTICE: Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC hereby announces its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 14.9% for FAA-funded contracts/agreements. The proposed goal pertains to federal fiscal years 2020 through 2022 (10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022). A meeting will be held in October 7, 2019 at 10:30am at Aerostar Administrative Offices for the purpose of consulting with stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the goal-setting process. The proposed goal and its attendant methodology are available for inspection between 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Aerostar’s Administrative Offices at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Terminal D Ground Level for 30 days from the date of this publication. Comments on the DBE goal will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:    
Reinaldo García Pastrana PO Box 38085 San Juan, PR 00937-1085 787-289-7240 [email protected] OR Federal Aviation Administration Office of Civil Rights Keturah Pristell 404-305-5734

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