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Safety Assessment Model for Dangerous Goods Transport by Air Carrier

Hongli Zhao (), Ning Zhang () and Yu Guan ()
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Hongli Zhao: School of Economy and Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Ning Zhang: School of Economy and Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Yu Guan: China International Engineering Consulting Corporation, Beijing 100048, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 5, 1-16

Abstract: The safety of dangerous goods transport by air is directly related to human health and environmental pollution. This paper investigates a model to evaluate the safety performance of the transport of dangerous goods by air carriers. Based on a literature review, international regulations related to dangerous goods air transportation, and expert opinions, this paper identifies an assessment factor system with five drivers: organization/regulations, equipment/facilities, operations, emergency, and training. A hybrid evaluation method of a joint analytical hierarchy process and entropy weight is used to determine the importance of each factor and driver. The results suggest that the regulation of dangerous goods acceptance, sufficient equipment/facilities, and the condition of the equipment/facilities are the most important factors affecting the safety performance of dangerous goods transportation by air. An empirical study reveals that the proposed model is stable and reliable; thus, the model can guide resource allocation for air carriers to improve safety management of dangerous goods transportation.

Keywords: air transportation; assessment model; analytic hierarchy process (AHP); entropy weight; dangerous goods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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