Aviation administrators tackle conflict-zone risks

AVIATION administrators are taking action to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones.
Airports Council International (ACI), along with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), came together at the head-office of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada to tackle the complex subject.
“Despite the fact that air travel is the safest form of transport in the world, the troubling events surrounding the MH17 incident have put the spotlight on the risk factors related to civilian flights traveling to, from, or over conflict zones,” says a statement.
“At the meeting it was agreed that a task force comprised of nations and industry experts will be established to produce possible solutions,” it adds.
Findings will be reported to a special meeting of the ICAO Council.
Angela Gittens, director general of ACI, says a great deal of hard work has already been done with regard to aviation safety and security – noting that, at the same time, where possible, processes can and should be refined and enhanced.
"Despite the tragic events surrounding the downing of flight MH17, it is important to remember that aviation has an excellent safety record; the condemnable actions of those responsible do not change that," she says.
"Nonetheless, there is always room for improvement, specifically when it comes to ensuring that robust intelligence is put in the right hands.”
Industry stakeholders will tackle this issue just as its has others in the past – collaboratively and transparently – continuing to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

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