IATA and Nigeria to develop aviation safety

iata-nigeriaThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Nigeria will collaborate on developing measures to enhance African Union’s 2012 Abuja Declaration on Aviation Safety.

This agreement was an outcome from a meeting between Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) director general, Captain Muhtar Usman and Tanja Grobotek, IATA’s regional director, Safety and Flight Operations, Africa and Middle East.

“Nigeria is committed to supporting its implementation across the sub-Saharan Africa through developing new strategies that will see the recent gains on Africa’s safety record sustained and even improved,” said Usman.

Since the Abuja Declaration, safety performance has slightly improved, but Africa continues to have the world’s highest hull-loss rate per million flights.

“In 2015, we saw safety on the continent improve compared to the five-year accident rate for both jet and turboprop hull losses. Nevertheless, the challenges of bringing Africa in line with global performance remain,” said Grobotek.

The meeting also saw the discussion of the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS), and the NCAA reaffirmed its commitment to improve the implementation of SARPS. (africanaerospace)

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