International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO

May 19, 2011 16:36 ET

Media Advisory: One Third of Aviation Accidents Related to Runway Safety Issues

First Global Runway Safety Symposium to be held at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - Despite the consistent growth of civil aviation over the past decades, air transport remains the safest form of mass transportation — reflected in a remarkably low global accident rate of roughly four accidents per million departures. As world traffic is expected to increase by 4.7 percent in 2011, with similar growth rates for the rest of the decade and beyond, it is imperative that the international community work as one to reduce the overall accident rate, particularly the number of accidents that persistently occur during takeoff and landing. Runway safety-related events account for the largest single category of aviation accidents.

ICAO has convened a special high-level Global Runway Safety Symposium to be held from May 24 to 26 at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal. Prestigious speakers, panellists and participants from ICAO Member States and across multiple operational levels and disciplines, including regulatory authorities, industry partners, as well as research organizations involved in the development of new technologies, will meet to develop solutions to further improve runway safety.

WHAT:Press conference to launch the Global Runway Safety Symposium
WHEN:Tuesday, 24 May 2011 at 9 AM
WHO:Nancy Graham, Director of the Air Navigation Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Representatives of the following international aviation organizations:
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Airports Council International (ACI)
- Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
- International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA)
WHERE:ICAO Headquarters, 999 University Street, Montréal (Québec), 3rd floor

A light breakfast will be available.

Note : We recommend arriving fifteen minutes in advance considering the security measures and the accreditation process.

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