Africa’s flight safety record is 12 times worse than the global average and must be improved, Tony Tyler, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) CEO, has warned.
He said that safety represents the “biggest challenge” to airlines from the region.
While the global average is one accident for every 1.6 million flights, in Africa accidents happen every 135,000 flights.
IATA members were not the problem, however, said Tyler.
He called on non-member airlines and governments to work with IATA to improve.