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​​​​IATA's number #1 priority

Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident.

Flying continues to be of tremendous importance to modern life and getting on an aircraft is among the safest activities that one can do.

Safely connecting people and businesses is our top priority. We work with airlines and industry partners to raise standards and implement best practices. ​

Six-Point Safety Strategy 

The Six Point Safety Strategy is a comprehensive approach to identify organizational, operational and emerging safety issues. It has been established in close cooperation with the member airlines and Strategic Partners through the IATA Safety Group (SG) and the Safety, Flight and Ground Operations Advisory Council (SFGOAC).

The Strategy focuses on the following six key areas:

1. Reduce Operational Risk

Operational risks are the primary concern of any airline. IATA works with the industry to implement safety programs that revolve around identifying and controlling these safety elements.

IATA’s data-driven assessments and analyses, together with safety experts from member airlines, identify key safety issues. The following are among some of the issues currently being addressed to improve safety in aviation:

2. Enhance Quality and Compliance

Another cornerstone of the approach to enhancing aviation safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), an internationally recognized program that is implemented consistently throughout the industry. The revised Six-Point Safety Strategy also covers Oversight​ of Third Party Service Providers in conformance with ICAO Safety Management System (SMS) framework requirements.

IMX (Integrated Management Solutions) is a tool that provides an efficient and cost-effective solution to manage the collection and processing of your Quality and Safety data and information as part of your SDCPS (Safety Data Collection & Processing System). 

IATA does not consider airline safety ratings or rankings to be a valid measure of an individual organization’s safety performance. Find out more about IATA's position on Airline Safety Rankings (pdf). 

3. Advocate for Improved Aviation Infrastructure

IATA continuously promote improved ATM infrastructure related to:

  • Phasing out Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) / VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) approaches and accelerating the implementation of approaches with vertical guidance (APV)
  • Airport (runway & ramp infrastructure)
  • Air Navigation harmonization and standardization 

4. Support Consistent Implementation of Safety Management System

Industry has been implementing the Safety Management System (SMS) framework elements for a number of years. IATA supports consistent implementation of SMS in:

  • Safety performance monitoring
  • Analysis and dissemination of information
  • Safety promotion and facilitation

5. Support Effective Recruitment and Training

Our support for industry career development and recruitment include:

6. Identify and Address Emerging Safety Issues

The Strategy comprises identifying and addressing safety issues related to:

The IATA Global Aviation Data Management (GADM) program is used to help identify and monitor emerging safety issues.  The program provides our members and other eligible industry organizations with a wealth of information and acts as a gateway to the world of aircraft operations.

Our GADM program now includes information from over 470 different organizations and over 90% of IATA members are contributing to at least one GADM database.​​

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