19 February 2016
The news that has emerged from the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit, organised as part of the biennial Singapore Airshow, seems to paint a rosy picture of the aviation industry.
Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, highlighted that the longer-term outlook for aviation is “actually very good”.
Mr Tony Tyler, director-general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), called 2015 an “extraordinarily safe year” for aviation, with only 68 accidents, compared with 77 in 2014 and an annual average of 90 over the last five years.
In terms of fatalities, there were 136 last year compared with 641 in 2014 and “a five-year average of 504”. But the figure excluded the Germanwings and Metrojet incidents on March 24 and October 31 2015, respectively, which, if included, would increase the number to 510.
But aviation incidents in Asia have dominated the headlines in recent years.
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Last updated on 19/02/2016