accreditation standardSTRATEGY and policy are key to providing the aviation industry with the stability and consistency required to reach and maintain high safety standards, says Proflight Zambia airline commercial director Keira Irwin.
Ms Irwin said rigorous application and enforcement of international safety standards were vital to ensuring continued confidence in the industry locally and overseas.
She said in August the airline had completed the second of three workshops under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) initiative, as part of its work towards achieving the top safety accreditation standard in the global aviation industry
Ms Irwin was speaking at the African Aviation Safety Works symposium on safety held in the Netherlands.
In a Press statement, Ms Irwin gave an insight into Proflight’s experiences of running an airline under challenging conditions, adding that the airline was the fastest growing local carrier in the Southern African region and the only scheduled airline in Zambia.
“The airline has this month completed the second of three workshops under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) initiative as part of its work towards achieving the top safety accreditation standard in the global aviation industry,” she said.
Ms Irwin said attaining IOSA accreditation would elevate Proflight’s safety credibility so that the airline could more easily enter code-share agreements with international airlines, and possibly make a case for exemption from the EU ban list on Zambian registered aircraft.
Director of the AviAssist Foundation Tom Kok acknowledged that being on the European Union safety blacklist completely changed the customers perceptions.
AviAssist Foundation organised the conference and supports African airports and airlines in the field of safety