February 28, 2024

Airline Report Highlights One of Air Travel's Safest Years Ever

As part of the 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that commercial air travel last year was the safest year by several parameters.

IATA data showed there were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023, but there was a single deadly turboprop aircraft accident that claimed the lives of 72 people onboard.

In total, there were 37 million aircraft movements in 2023, including both jet and turboprop flights, an increase of 17 percent from 2022. The all-accident rate was 0.80 per million sectors in 2023—one accident for every 1.26 million flights—an improvement from 1.30 in 2022 and the lowest rate in over a decade.

“2023 safety performance continues to demonstrate that flying is the safest mode of transport,” IATA Director General Willie Walsh said. “Aviation places its highest priority on safety and that shows in the 2023 performance.

As for fatality risk, the risk improved to 0.03 in 2023 from 0.11 in 2022, with data showing that a person would have to travel by air every day for 103,239 years to experience a fatal accident. IATA member airlines and IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registered airlines experienced no fatal accidents in 2023.

In North America, the regional all-accident rate actually rose from 0.53 per million sectors in 2022 to 1.14 in 2023, but remained better than its five-year average for the region of 1.21. The largest proportion of accidents in 2023 were related to landing gear collapses.

“Jet operations saw no hull losses or fatalities. 2023 also saw the lowest fatality risk and ‘all accident’ rate on record,” Walsh continued. “A single fatal turboprop accident with 72 fatalities, however, reminds us that we can never take safety for granted. And two high profile accidents in the first month of 2024 show that, even if flying is among the safest activities a person can do, there is always room to improve.”

Copyright 2024 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. All rights reserved. From https://www.travelpulse.com. By Donald Wood.

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