In a recent assessment conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in May 2023, four African countries have emerged as leaders in aviation safety. The rankings reveal the significant progress made in the aviation sector on the continent.
Nigeria, taking the top position, is joined by Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and Tanzania in the top four spots for aviation safety in Africa, based on the ICAO evaluation. Tanzania, in particular, has shown remarkable improvement.
Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, proudly announced the nation’s rise to the fourth position in aviation safety in Africa, an achievement recognized by the ICAO. The assessment demonstrated a remarkable increase from 37.8 percent in 2013 to 69.04 percent in 2019 and a notable 86.7 percent in 2023.
The ICAO’s evaluation process included inspections of key airports in Tanzania, such as the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro region, the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. This thorough examination affirmed Tanzania’s impressive aviation safety standards.
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Prime Minister Majaliwa attributed Tanzania’s remarkable progress in aviation safety to the country’s ongoing efforts to enhance and reinforce safety measures. As a result of these endeavors, Tanzania has experienced a significant increase in air travel. The number of passengers using Tanzania’s airports has risen steadily over the years, growing from 1,662,452 in 2003 to an impressive 4,614,380 by September 2023. Furthermore, air cargo has surged from 33,255 tonnes in 2003 to 55,806 tonnes as of September 2023.
The ICAO plays a vital role in promoting global aviation safety by enhancing contracting states’ safety oversight capabilities. It continually monitors states’ safety performances to identify safety deficiencies, assess associated safety risks, implement strategies for mitigation, and re-evaluate states’ safety oversight capabilities. Additionally, the ICAO emphasizes key aspects such as safety risk management, safety management system obligations, accident and incident investigation, hazard identification, risk assessment, and the management of safety risks.
These rankings highlight the dedication of African nations to ensuring safe and efficient air travel, not only for their citizens but also for travelers from around the world. With Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and Tanzania at the forefront of aviation safety, the future of air travel in Africa looks promising.
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