Safe Journey

Last year was the safest year for air travel with the least amount of aircraft losses, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Last year was the safest year for air travel with the least amount of aircraft losses, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “2004 was the safest year ever for air transport,” said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General IATA.

The global airline industry is wallowing in accumulated losses from 2001 that come to US$ 35 bn.

But the good news, according to IATA, is the decrease in accidents compared to increased air travel.

In 2004 air craft accidents increased in real terms to 103 compared to 99 in 2003 but international airline traffic also went up by 15 percent.

Over 1.8 billion people travelled safely in 2004 compared to 428 people that lost their lives in commercial aircraft accidents.

“To put that into perspective, that is a similar number to 1945 when the industry carried only 9 million passengers,” said Bisignani.

In 2004, the industry-wide hull loss rate declined by 10% to 0.78 hull losses per million sectors flown.

A Hull loss is an accident