Safety is aviation’s highest priority.
In a normal year, approximately 130,000 flights per day take off and land without incident. Furthermore, long-term accident trends confirm that aviation is getting safer. This presents a paradox. The safer aviation becomes, the more difficult to drive further improvements.
IATA’s Safety Strategy addresses this challenge through a three-pillar approach:
IATA Safety Report 2021 now out
The report highlights a strong improvement in several areas compared to 2020 and to 2017-2021. It also shows:
- Reductions in the total number of accidents, the all-accident rate and fatalities
- No fatal accidents among airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry
- No runway/taxiway excursion and ground damage accidents, for the first time in at least 15 years.
Areas of Activity
Safety during COVID-19
A safety risk assessment is a vital tool to help manage the risks posed by changes to operations during Covid-19. Please see the following guidance materials which include operational safety risk assessments to help airlines manage safety during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis:
- IATA and IFALPA Joint safety statement - Managing crew fatigue during recovery from pandemic (pdf)
- Guidance for managing crew fatigue during a crisis (pdf)
- Guidance for cabin operations during and post pandemic (pdf) Spanish version (pdf)
- Guidance for managing aircraft airworthiness during and post pandemic (pdf)
- Guidance for flight operations during and post pandemic (pdf)
- Guidance for the transport of cargo and mail on aircraft configured for the carriage of passengers (pdf)
The situation evolves daily and this guidance is updated as new information becomes available. Please always ensure you refer to the current version published on our site.