International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu praised the improvements made by the Middle East with regards to aviation safety.
Speaking from the gathering of aviation leaders from all over the world in Muscat, Oman, Liu lauded the region’s immense growth:
“The ICAO Middle East (MID) region has been the fastest growing region for passenger and cargo traffic since 2011, and airlines here have posted double-digit passenger flight growth every year since 2012,” she said at the meeting.
“In 2016, these carriers recorded 11.2% growth in revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs), the highest among all ICAO regions,” she added.
Delegates at the meeting finalized new agreements on security and safety, including one that would establish the Middle East Regional Aviation Security and Facilitation Group and to develop a Draft Arab Civil Aviation Commission/MID Security and Facilitation Plan.
The agreements is considered to be an important development for the Middle East’s civil aviation sector, which has created around 2.4 million jobs and brings in $157 billion dollars in GDP.
Better cooperation in aviation security and safety contributed heavily to last year being the safest-ever on record.
The ICAO endorses aviation safety and development around the world by setting standards and regulations.
Complying with the ICAO’s strategies and receiving its endorsement is key to accessing its network and the numerous socio-economic benefits it has to offer.