General framework

    The State Aviation Safety Agency monitors the implementation guidelines on operational safety at airports in accordance with the current regulations and following both a compliance approach and an assessment of the actual situation of each airport using a preventive risk approach.

    To this end, inspections are carried out with special attention to the risk areas established by EASA itself. It also manages and directs approvals and authorisations for airport infrastructure, aerodrome managers, groundhandling services, procedures, airport plans or programmes and airport providers.

    All this by collaborating and participating in international reference bodies such as EASA, ICAO and Eurocontrol, among others. 

    In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulation (EU) 139/2014, aerodromes open for public use, serving commercial air transport and having an instrument paved runway of 800 metres or more, or used exclusively for helicopters using instrument approach or exit procedures, are to be certified.

    Notwithstanding the above, EASA may grant an exemption from certification obligation to an aerodrome that:

    • Do not manage more than 10 thousand commercial transport passes per year and
    • Do not manage more than 850 movements related to goods operations per year

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