Airline travel still safest, says IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stressed the safety of air travel in light of the three recent civil aviation crashes that occurred in the space of a week, leaving a total of 463 people dead.
Last Thursday, Air Algerie Flight AH5017 crashed en route to Algiers, killing all 118 on board, just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which claimed 298 lives, and the crash of TransAsia Flight GE222, which caused 47 fatalities.
Tony Tyler, chief executive officer and director general of IATA, expressed his sadness for the tragedies, stating that "every accident is one too many".
He added: "With three tragedies in such quick succession, many people will, understandably, be asking questions about aviation safety. Our number one priority is safety. And despite the events of the past seven days, flying is safe.
"Every day, approximately 100,000 flights take to the sky and land without incident. In 2013 more than three billion people flew and there were 210 fatalities. Regrettably, we have surpassed that number already this year. But even so, getting on an aircraft is still among the safest activities that one can do."
IATA represents 240 airlines around the world that account for 84 per cent of total air traffic.