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Air safety in Africa is our priority - IATA

05 June 2013, 13:02

Abidjan - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that air safety in Africa remains one of its cardinal priorities.

Matschnigg Günther, IATA’s First Deputy Chairman, stated this on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa at a news briefing on the 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IATA AGM and World Transport Summit was held in Cape Town between June 2 and June 4.

Gunther said IATA was working with other stakeholders in the industry to ensure air safety in the continent.

"IATA is working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the Commission for African Civil Aviation (AFCAC)

"A working group has already been established to tackle the issue of air accidents, this step will surely help to improve the performance of African airlines,’’ he said.

The IATA official urged air transport operators in Africa to put safety at the centre of their priorities.

"This is achievable by being committed to IATA’s Operational Safety Audit standard, which is capable of drastically reducing risk of accidents."

Gunther said that lack of regulation, compliance with security guidelines and non-implementation of flight data analysis were responsible for air accidents in the continent.

He said it was a thing of joy to IATA that accident rate in Africa’s air space was low in 2012.

NAN reports that the AGM is IATA's pre-eminent event offering a unique opportunity for key aviation industry players to brainstorm on issues of concern to the industry.

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