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Ongoing socio-economic and political crisis and will affect the air transport industry including both safety and operational considerations. Air transport industry and associated stakeholders must prepare themselves and what measures to undertake in view of the financial, social and political instability and uncertainty. Major areas of impact include:

The role of organizations, governments and regional authorities in helping the industry,

How government austerity measures and worldwide economic uncertainty affect government oversight of aviation safety.

How airports and airliners can work in tandem in order to survive.

How solution providers can offer new products that will help airlines and airports to overcome the difficult times.

There are increasingly intense social, economic, political, environmental, and other pressures on civil aviation policy, particularly at the national and regional levels. Such pressures can result from rapid changes to socio-economic systems, which can have global effects (for example, rising expectation by society of safety levels). These pressures can also lead to conflicts such as those between safety and environmental obligations. In meeting environmental obligations, those relating to safety should not be compromised. While some may see political and economic pressures as far-off, abstract conflicts, they often have direct impacts on aviation safety. A 2016 accident analysis by the Future Aviation Safety Team directly linked 19.4% of aviation accidents from 2004-2015 to political and economic crises.

Potential hazard

  1. Approach and landing hazards due to environmental constraints on noise and emissions.
  2. Failure of contracting States to carry out their safety oversight functions.
  3. Overtaxing the capacity and safety infrastructure at airports and within the airspace structure.
  4. Lack of both human and financial resources to execute safety oversight functions.
  5. High costs of recruiting and retaining qualified technical personnel who satisfactorily meet the requirements of the positions including professionalism and integrity.
  6. Failure to detect deficiencies due to inspector shortages.
  7. Failure of a license/rating/certificate/approval holder to correct deficiencies identified by the civil aviation authority technical experts including faults, malfunctions, defects, and other occurrences that cause or might cause adverse effects on the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft.
  8. There are many risks, particularly those emanating from value creating activities such as growth and profit, which expand business complexity. Business complexity and requires active risk management to ensure that boards of organizations make informed decisions. While ERM seeks to invigorate and give confidence to opportunity seeking activity, its aim is to ensure managers take actions with their eyes wide open, comprehensively appraised of the safety risks associated with the growth and performance improvement activities planned.

Corroborating sources and comments

2014 NBAA Top Safety Focus Areas:

First mentioned in 1946, deteriorating professionalism continues to trouble the industry.

Reactive legislative decisions and policy making, both domestically and internationally, are having detrimental safety implications and could prove to cause a significant degradation of future safety for aviation.

2012 ATN Leaders Forum: The socio-economic and political crisis and the impact on air transport, 5 March 2012 Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel, Athens, Greece, Organized by Air Transport News


Safety Oversight Manual: Second Edition — 2006, Doc 9734, AN/959, Part A – The Establishment and Management of a State’s Safety Oversight System (page 18)

The Corporate Sustainability Model for Airline Business, Ayse Kucuk Yilmaz

Anadolu University, Assistant professor of School of Civil Aviation,Anadolu University, 2 Eylul Kampus 26470, Eskisehir, Turkey, European Journal of Scientific Research, ISSN 1450-216X Vol.22 No.3 (2008), pp.304-317

EuroJournals Publishing, Inc. 2008,

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