International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO

May 24, 2011 06:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: One Third of All Aviation Accidents Related to Runway Operations

First Global Runway Safety Symposium starts today at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 24, 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 keep increasing in the years ahead, it is imperative that the international community work as one to reduce the accident rate, with particular emphasis on runway incursions and excursions and other runway-related events, which account for the largest single category of aviation accidents.

To address this issue, ICAO in conjunction with its partners is convening a Global Runway Safety Symposium from 24 to 26 May, at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal. Prestigious speakers, panellists and participants from ICAO Member States and industry organizations, as well as research organizations involved in the development of new technologies, will be exchanging views and creating a global path forward to improve runway safety. Some 450 participants from 75 States, as well as international organizations, have registered for the Symposium.

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:
- Guenther Matschnigg, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Angela Gittens, Airports Council International (ACI)
- Graham Lake, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
- Paul McCarthy, 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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