The airline industry saw its safety performance improve in 2020 in some key metrics, as the number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined compared to 2019 as well as to the five-year trend lines. Airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry—which includes all IATA airlines—outperformed airlines that are not on the registry. 

Loss of control-inflight had zero accidents in 2020 and inflight damage caused the highest number of fatalities, reinforcing the need to continue identifying risks and threats and take steps to mitigate them.

The 2020 IATA Fact sheet – Safety, as well as the 57th edition of the Annual Safety Report (2020) is available in pdf and IATA Reader format that includes interactive worksheets. The IATA Reader is for Windows® software only.

The Reader must be installed BEFORE the Safety Report document can be downloaded and opened. See instructions to download and install the Reader

Download the IATA Safety Report 2020