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Keeping cargo security costs down: A risk-based approach to air cargo airport security in small and medium airports


  • Amorim da Cunha, Duarte
  • Macário, Rosário
  • Reis, Vasco


European Union regulations are not sensible to the proportionality of measures and provide fixed orientations and standards irrespective from the dimension of the airports. Additional security measures have been added over the years resulting in increasing security-related costs. The cost structure of security exhibits the existence of a relevant fixed component, concerning staff, equipment, or certification. Notable, smaller, and medium airports support higher costs of security than larger airports, due to the low volumes of cargo and passenger movements. Alternative approaches, notably risk based, have been advocated to support the definition of security procedures at airport level. Although studies have been conducted, none was found concerning these types of airports.

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  • Amorim da Cunha, Duarte & Macário, Rosário & Reis, Vasco, 2017. "Keeping cargo security costs down: A risk-based approach to air cargo airport security in small and medium airports," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 115-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:61:y:2017:i:c:p:115-122
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2017.01.003

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