In terms of safety and airport infrastructure in Africa, IATA represents the international airline industry in order to promote safe, secure, efficient and economical air transport. The IATA regional office in Africa manages technical and operational activities for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Oceans. It works very closely with the ICAO (International Civil Association Organization) Regional Offices in Nairobi and Dakar and maintains working relationships with the African Airline Association (AFRAA), Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), regional services providers and authorities.

Area of activity

Current issues include:
  • Safety improvement tasks to bring AFI accident rate to the world average and to meet Abuja Safety Targets in collaboration with ICAO:
    • Implementation of runway safety measures and conduct of technical missions.
    • Eliminating safety audit redundancies by promoting IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) as acceptable means of compliance, and to promote ISSA (IATA Standard Safety Assessment) and ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations).
  • ASBU (Aviation System Block Upgrade) implementation - enhancing airspace efficiency by implementing airspace concept, user preferred routes and seamless, harmonized and interoperable Air Traffic Management.
  • Engaging with States/Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and advocating for reduced, cost-effective Air Navigation Service (ANS) charges.

Composition and Meetings

The AFI RCG is open to IATA member airlines only. The number of participants is limited to 15. Participants meet twice a year and have as many conference calls as needed.

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