Airport Risk Identification and Prioritization Practices

This report identifies current practices for recognizing and prioritizing risks at airports. In addition to implementing safety management systems (SMSs), airports are also employing enterprise risk management (ERM) practices, which include both identifying and prioritizing risks. While larger airports are better positioned to adopt SMSs and ERM, smaller airports are embracing these practices. This study is based on information acquired through a literature review and survey results from 24 airports, representing a variety of airport sizes and geographic regions. Results of the literature review and survey are presented in this short report. Examples of risk management practices currently employed at airports are also presented. The major findings of the synthesis—validated by the quantitative and qualitative results—indicate airports are using tools that help them identify risks within their environment. Most airports are providing a means to report risk. Smaller airports use low-cost options such as email, a 24/7 phone number, or a suggestion box. Larger airports have embraced safety management or enterprise risk management programs that include more expensive reporting and tracking systems. All sizes of airports see the need to inform stakeholders of the efforts to identify and reduce risk, which assists in buy-in as well as ensuring upper management is briefed on the organizational performance of the airport. Airports continue to seek practical, commonsense solutions. Airports struggle with tools and documented processes for tracking risk, knowing when risk assessments must be done, following up with residual risk, and developing performance indicators that work for their airport. While larger airports are using or developing their SMS or ERM programs, this does not preclude these areas also being an area of improvement for larger airports that have functioning SMS or ERM programs.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83p
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    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01731850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309481083
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S01-19
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2020 9:53AM