Alexandre de Juniac, International Air Transport Association IATA’s Director General and CEO revealed that for a third consecutive year, airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in 2018 making Africa the safest place to fly in the world for a third consecutive year. The data released by IATA for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry shows continuing safety improvements over the long term.
“For a third consecutive year, airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in jet operations. The
allaccident rate was 2.71, a significant improvement over the rate of 6.80 for the previous five years. Africa was the only region to see a decline in the all-accident rate compared to 2017. However, the region experienced 2 fatal turboprop accidents, neither of which involved a scheduled passenger flight”, IATA’s Airline Safety Performance report says about Africa
This is a testament to the improving systems and processes that are occurring with many African airlines and in many African countries.
The report is certainly a boost to African airlines which have in recent years been battling for business with Middle Eastern and European airlines. Currently, Ethiopian Airways, with a fleet of 96 passenger aircraft and freighters and more than 60 fleets on order, is Africa’s most profitable airline. The state-owned carrier is essentially Africa’s largest airline and flies to over 20 in-country locations, 58 destinations in Africa, and more than 100 cities in five continents globally, Pulse Reports.
The global airline industry witnessed an increase in accidents last year compared to 2017, suggesting a downward trend in aviation safety, however, a broader dataset over a longer period shows this to be false.
“Last year some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights. 2018 was not the extraordinary year that 2017 was. However, flying is safe, and the data tell us that it is getting safer. For example, if safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of 62; and there would have been 18 fatal accidents, instead of the 11 that actually occurred,” De Juniac continued said.