IATA WANTS AFRICA TO UPHOLD GOOD SAFETY RECORD

IATA WANTS AFRICA TO UPHOLD GOOD SAFETY RECORD

  • Emphasizes Globalization

 

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IOSA Contributes To Safety

Aviation remains one of the best things that ever happened to the world globally, says Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who was speaking at the 73rd Annual General Meeting of the association in Cancun Mexico recently.

Mr. de Juniac stresses that safety is IATA's top priority, noting that flying is the safest form of long-distance travel by a wide measure. He reveals that in 2016 there were 40.4 million flight sectors and 10 fatal accidents, adding that "while even a single accident is one too many, it is nevertheless a record of which we can be proud. At the same time, we constantly strive to do even better."

IATA notes that its Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is a key tool in efforts to boost safety, adding that IOSA is compulsory for all its 275 members and the total number of airlines on the registry extends far beyond its membership. In 2016 the safety performance of airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly 50% better than the record of those not on the registry.

Sustaining Africa's Zero Accident Record

iatIATA says last year, Sub-Saharan Africa realized an important safety milestone. There were no jet hull losses in the region. IATA, however, observes that extending this great performance into the long-term will be a challenge. Airlines must continue the commitment to the IOSA discipline. And governments must continue to raise their levels of adherence to the global standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

IATA notes that in contrast to the progress in Africa, the release of air accident investigations reports have witnessed a decline. According to IATA, they are mandated by Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention for good reason. "Every accident represents an opportunity to learn more about making aviation even safer. But, of the 1,000 accidents investigated over the last decade, reports are available for only 300, and many of these are not exhaustive. There can be no excuse for a statistic like that. Governments must do better."

 

The Business Of Freedom

The DG states that aviation is globalization at its very best, helping people to live better lives; this includes many who will benefit from aviation without ever taking a flight. "We meet here in Cancun to promote safe, reliable and affordable air transport. We do that for the benefit of the people of the world and to foster commerce through collaboration and cooperation," he states, noting IATA was founded to create immense value for the global community.3cross

In 2017, he says, more than four billion passengers will rely on airlines for safe travel. Sixty-three million people depend on the global air transport system for employment. Aviation underpins $2.7 trillion of economic activity and delivers a third of global trade. And over half of tourists arrive by air.

"There is even greater value in what we do for people. Bringing families and friends together across great distances. Transporting business people to global opportunities. Helping students and future leaders gain international perspectives. And enabling young and old to discover our planet," adds Mr. de Juniac.

He further says aviation is the business of freedom, which depends on borders that are open to people and trade. "Today we face headwinds from those who would deny the benefits of globalization. In parts of the world nationalistic political rhetoric points towards a future of more protectionism. Whether those thoughts are in government, gaining currency in popular discussions, or lurking at the fringe of political discourse, they are a threat to our industry."iataa

According to him, "the tide of globalization may not have benefited all equally. But as aviation's leaders, we must bear witness to the achievements of our connected world. And we must ensure the benefits of aviation for future generations with ever safer and ever more sustainable operations. And, like any other business, we must generate sufficient profits to reward our investors."

Need For Improved Cargo Sector

IATA's 73rd AGM in Cancun adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernization and transformation of the air cargo industry. IATA explains that this resolution builds on the momentum created by the entry into force of the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Mr. de Juniac, observes: "The TFA commits governments to making trade faster, cheaper and more efficient. Air cargo processes are stuck in another century. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from the expected $1 trillion boost in trade growth arising from the TFA and the improving global economic environment, we need a major overhaul of industry processes. And there is no time to lose; our customers already expect the efficiency of electronic documentation."iatt

According to IATA, the resolution calls for the air cargo industry to take a customer-centric approach to transformation to meet the evolving needs of shippers. Recognizing that partnerships are critical in driving industry transformation especially for a business where global standards are so vital, the resolution also calls on governments to support the industry's modernization process. The resolution also reinforces the role of IATA to facilitate and support the modernization and transformation process through its industry transformation program, Simplifying the Business (StB) Cargo.

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