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Risk tolerance

Taking risks is inherent to doing business. The extent to which Schiphol is prepared to tolerate these risks in striving to achieve its objectives varies by objective and by risk category. The fact that Schiphol combines a socio-economic function with entrepreneurial business operations also plays a role in this respect.

Risk tolerance is determined by means of risk limits and corresponding bandwidths applying to the different business activities as specified in various policy documents, manuals and company regulations. Increasing attention is being paid to the possible concurrence and accumilation of different risks.

Risk category

Risk tolerance




Schiphol is prepared to tolerate moderate risks in striving to achieve its objectives. It seeks to create a balance between its socio-economic function (low risk tolerance) and its commercial ambitions (higher risk tolerance).


Very low

Schiphol mainly focuses on maintaining the continuity of the aviation activities, regardless of the circumstances. We strive to minimise the risks that could jeopardise this continuity. Our risk tolerance in this respect is very low. In the field of safety and security, we do our utmost to avoid risks that could endanger passengers, employees, visitors and local residents.



We maintain a solid financial position to ensure access to financial markets. Schiphol is not prepared to tolerate risks that jeopardise our credit rating of at least A (Standard & Poor's).



Schiphol strives to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We pay particular attention to laws and regulations relating to safety and security.