Where in the world is the safest place to fly? The result might surprise you.
Last week the United Arab Emirates achieved the highest score ever recorded in an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety audit.
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) scored 98.86 per cent—the highest ever score given by ICAO—making it the most compliant national aviation authority with ICAO’s safety standards.
Ismaeil Al Blooshi, GCAA Assistant Director General of Aviation Safety Affairs, was delighted with ICAO’s findings. ‘For the UAE to score the highest in the world is a testimony our clear commitment (to) strive in supporting and enhancing our aviation safety services,’ he said. ‘The aviation safety affairs sector has worked tirelessly to profoundly implement a culture of safety locally and regionally.”
Al Blooshi also put the high score down to preparation and planning. ‘The GCAA was very well prepared for the audit program with an integrated two-year-activity work plan,’ he said. ‘Designated task forces have been established to execute set goals…in compliance with the international safety standards.’
The UAE has emerged as a major hub of aviation over the past decade and is home to the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, Dubai International.
Since 2012 Dubai has been a stopover on the way to Europe for Qantas, and its codeshare partner, Emirates airline. Emirates, founded in 1985, is the world’s fourth-largest international airline, measured by passenger traffic, and the largest operator of the Airbus A380.