Runway safety

Runway Safety provides guidance to operational staff working on and around the manoeuvring area to prevent runway accidents; in particular runway incursions and runway excursions.

Local Runway Safety Teams provide a collaborative effort between regulators, rule makers, air navigation service providers, aerodrome operators, aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers and professional associations.

The ICAO secretariat has lent its strong support to this work and urges all states to fully implement the ICAO provisions relevant to runway safety. ICAO doc. 9870 is the Manual for runway incursion prevention.

Key deliverables are the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions, the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions, made by the European Working Group for Runway Safety.

Aerodrome Resource Management Training for runway safety:

Time for implementation is now – as part of current airport operations.

Benefits

Safety Benefits for Runway Operations

Implementation of the measures contained in the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions and the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions facilitate a harmonized way of working across the European region and around the world. 

The recommendations and guidance materials contained in each action plan raise awareness of what local runway safety teams can do to improve the safety of runway operations.

The Action Plans help to identify the operational hazards of working on and around the maneuvering area.

The recommendations proposed provide mitigation measures based upon ICAO provisions, and best operational practices.

Implementation of the recommendations can help to reduce the risk of runway safety occurrences by reducing the numbers of events or by reducing the severity of those events.

Improved awareness of runway incursions and runway excursions provides an informed picture of the state of runway safety through proactive reporting of ATM related incidents and accidents.

Incursions

European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions

The European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions contains a focused set of practical recommendations with guidance materials to assist operational staff with their implementation. Operational experts form the European Working Group for Runway Safety and have provided the content of this work.

Full information can be found via the dedicated Runway Safety portal

Excursions

European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions

The European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions contains practical recommendations with guidance materials to assist operational staff with their implementation.

Operational experts form the European Working Group for Runway Safety and have provided the content of this work.

Contact

Contact the Runway Safety Team: Tzvetomir Blajev

Phone: + 32 (0)2 729 3965

Runway Safety Office
Safety Unit
Network Management
EUROCONTROL
Rue de la fusée 96
B-1130 Brussels