Safety Management System (SMS)

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Fraport's Safety Management System (in short: SMS) increases the level of safety at Frankfurt Airport. The main focus lies on the safety of airport operations. The SMS takes into consideration all factors that may affect safety, whether of technical, organizational or human nature.

The model serving as an example for Fraport's SMS is the Just Culture Declaration enacted by the European Union. The SMS was implemented pursuant to EU Regulation No. 216/2008 (EC) and Commission Regulation (EU) No. 139/2014, the relevant ICAO Guidelines and Standards as well as the national air laws (§45c LuftVZO, Air Transport Licensing Regulation).

The SMS integrates and processes in systematic networked subgroups all safety measures for daily aviation operations at Frankfurt Airport. The system records and evaluates safety-relevant incidents and is capable of identifying and showing any possible weaknesses.

The goal is that the rules laid down in Fraport's Safety Policy be practiced by all people involved in air travel. This further increases the level of safety at Frankfurt Airport. This goal is also achieved by enabling people working at the airport to report safety issues to the SMS. Moreover, all persons having access to the operational areas (apron and maneuvering area) are bound to undergo a safety training.

Obstructing a taxiing aircraft? Can’t happen to me …!?

Holding a smartphone in your hands while driving, for example to write a text, is not allowed on the apron just like in regular road traffic. Being distracted by a cell phone is dangerous. Studies show that distraction caused by cell phones is to blame for one in ten fatal road accidents. That’s more than are caused by alcohol! According to a survey conducted by vehicle inspection company DEKRA, 55 percent of all cell phone owners use their phone at the wheel at least occasionally. This figure rises to 85 percent among 18 to 29-year-olds.

While this bad behavior puts lives at risk on ordinary roads, the danger on the airport’s apron is even greater, as the traffic situation is more complex. There are not only road vehicles here but taxiing aircraft whose paths cross the apron roads. This demands maximum concentration from all drivers. It takes only a moment of inattention to obstruct or even collide with a taxiing aircraft – with catastrophic consequences!

Such incidents must be avoided without fail!

The new podcast produced by Fraport’s SMS Safety Management System (in German)
describes how an exemplary driver should behave on the apron, where the guiding principle is ‘safety first’!

Airport-related standards

Please refer to the Q&A of the Safety Management System and to the following documents for further information.