The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its runway safety partner organizations have approved a program to implement runway safety improvements and risk reduction measures in an effort to prevent runway accidents.
The Global Runway Safety Action Plan was approved earlier this week during a meeting in Lima, Peru.
“Runway safety has been a global aviation priority for more than 15 years, and this new action plan is an important outcome of the detailed analysis of runway risk factors recently undertaken by ICAO,” ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu said.
The plan will coordinate runway safety activities of countries, airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and manufacturers.
Fatalities associated with runway accidents have declined in recent years, and ICAO credits its collaborative Runway Safety Programme and other related efforts, including the establishment of runway safety teams at airports.
“Regardless of the success achieved thus far, the numbers still reveal for us that we have more work to do to fully mitigate runway-related risk,” Liu said, noting that runway accidents remain the top safety risk category.