The 2018 edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Safety Report released recently provides a high level summary of ICAO’s safety initiatives and achievements to enhance aviation safety in 2017, along with key safety performance indicators pertaining to the 2013–2017 time period.
ICAO works in partnership with the international aviation community to improve safety, with an emphasis on improving safety performance through standardization, monitoring and implementation.
In 2017, there were 4.1 billion passengers travelling by air worldwide on scheduled commercial services. Tragically, these flights resulted in 50 fatalities. Nonetheless, this rate of 12.2 fatalities per billion passengers represents the safest year ever on the record for aviation. The number of fatal accidents also decreased, to 5 from 7 in 2016, which is also the lowest on the recent record.
Despite a spike in fatalities due to a number of acts of unlawful interference in 2014 and the tragic events which caused significant loss of life in 2015, there was a general trend of lower number of fatal accidents and fatalities over the past ten years.
The effective implementation (EI) of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) is key to the safety, security and sustainability of flight and aviation development.
ICAO is committed to building on this momentum of improving aviation safety and enabling seamless cooperation and communication among stakeholders.