IATA Safety Conference

Dubai , United Arab Emirates
25 - 27 October
JW Marriott Marquis

After a two-year absence due to Covid, the IATA Safety Conference returned with a new name and exclusive focus on the industry’s highest priority: Safety.
The Successor to IATA’s Safety & Flight Operations conference.

Under the theme, “Emerging Stronger – Safely Transforming to a More Resilient Tomorrow” this year's edition hosted discussions and debates on the industry’s safety and security agenda while the industry was rebuilding operations and moving into full recovery and growthing mode.

This event brought together 400 key leaders in the aviation industry for a three days of networking, intensive discussions, and plenary sessions.

Main Areas of Discussion included:
  • Safety Leadership
  • Operational Safety
  • Risk-Based Auditing – IOSA
  • Insight into aviation skills gap
  • Integration of future technologies
  • Mental Health and being "fit-for-duty"  
  • Mandates and aeronautical spectrum challenges
  • Recruitment and retention strategies

Emerging Stronger - Safely Transforming to a More Resilient Tomorrow




Risk-Based Auditing – IOSA

Safety, effectiveness, and integrity. After two decades of IOSA, the industry’s largest safety assurance program is moving towards a risk-based approach. Join the IOSA stream to explore latest insights into IOSA and risk-based oversight. Learn about the future IOSA journey and how it aims to continue delivering value to airlines and regulators through a comprehensive transformation program.

Manpower Shortage / Skills Gap

The aviation skills shortage has been forecast for many years. Now this issue is a major threat our aviation industry recovery.  This track explores how a more sustainable aviation skills supply chain could be developed, by better assessment of human performance and the use of digital tools and technologies.

Innovation / Technology

Innovation and technology in aviation is critical to the continued evolution of a safer aviation system and has provided solutions to mitigate many safety hazards and risks over the years i.e. GPWS/TCAS/Automation. This session looks at future opportunities to enhance aviation safety through technology and innovation; consider new entrants, disruptors to current thinking and other industries looking to increase their footprint in aviation; and the challenges that regulators may have in understanding, and certifying, new technology.


As aviation evolves, we see new technologies, operations and industry demands that may develop into new risks for the industry. But that does not mean we should lose track of our known High-Risk Categories (HRC), that continue to cause the majority of accidents and fatalities year after year. Join us to explore the most important risk mitigation strategies that have been identified to prevent accidents in the aviation industry

Safety Leadership

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for the effective management of change to ensure a positive safety culture remains, and evolves, during a crisis and in periods of growth. Industry executives have been identified, as critical influencers, to support this and harmonize safety culture maturity levels.

To support industry the IATA Safety Leadership Charter, capturing executive commitment, has been developed and will be launched at Conference through a dedicated session that highlights how Safety Leadership is an enabler of a positive safety culture, to deliver safer, more efficient, and resilient businesses.

This session will explore the benefits that a positive safety culture presents, the impact of change and how the IATA Safety Leadership Charter will support the growth of safety culture principles, and the value these create, around the world.

Fit-for-Duty / Mental Health

The anxiety, stress, and depression experienced by aviation workers during COVID-19 operations creates potential safety hazards that cannot be overlooked. As we move to post COVID operations, a focus on assuring operational employees are “fit-for-duty” is more important than ever. This track discusses the unique challenges aviation employees face and explore practices that can be used to protect their wellbeing and to assure continued safe operations.

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