Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency

Aviation safety is at the core of ICAO’s fundamental objectives. The organization is constantly striving, in close collaboration with the entire air transport community, to further improve aviation’s successful safety performance while maintaining a high level of capacity and efficiency.  This is achieved through:

    1. The development of global strategies contained in the Global Aviation Safety Plan and the Global Air Navigation Plan;

    2. The development and maintenance of Standards, Recommended Practices and Procedures applicable to international civil aviation activities which are contained in 16 Annexes and 4 PANS (Procedures for Air Navigation Services). These standards are complemented by more than 50 manuals and circulars which are providing guidance on their implementation.

    3. The monitoring of safety and air navigation trends. ICAO audits the implementation of its Standards, Recommended Practices and Procedures through its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. It has also developed sophisticated tools to collect and analyze a vast array of aviation data which allows it to identify existing and emerging risks   

    4. The implementation of targeted safety and air navigation programmes to address deficiencies; and

    5. An effective response to disruption of the aviation system created by natural disasters, conflicts or other causes.

In all of its highly coordinated activities, ICAO strives to implement practical and achievable measures to improve safety, capacity and efficiency in all sectors of the air transport system. This approach ensures that aviation’s complimentary achievement of a remarkably safe and efficient air transport network continue to serve a fundamental role in supporting global social and economic priorities.

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