Countries slammed over air safety

Countries slammed over air safety

KINSHASA – Passengers boarding planes in Democratic Republic of Congo frequently have to fight for a seat, sometimes find themselves sitting on cargo and cannot always be sure they will end up where they want.

And on a recent flight to Sierra Leone which stopped in other West African countries along the way, one passenger managed to board the plane and get off at the next airport without ever buying a ticket. Both countries have said they are working to improve air safety standards, but the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says they still have a long way to go.”A responsible industry cannot tolerate even a few governments that don’t take safety seriously,” IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said at an industry conference in Paris this week.”The safety record of Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland is an embarrassment for our industry,” he said.In much of Africa, the world’s poorest continent, air connections are the only way to cross vast swathes of jungle, savannah or desert, but many private airlines use aircraft that are 20 or 30 years old.- Nampa-ReutersBoth countries have said they are working to improve air safety standards, but the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says they still have a long way to go.”A responsible industry cannot tolerate even a few governments that don’t take safety seriously,” IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said at an industry conference in Paris this week.”The safety record of Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland is an embarrassment for our industry,” he said.In much of Africa, the world’s poorest continent, air connections are the only way to cross vast swathes of jungle, savannah or desert, but many private airlines use aircraft that are 20 or 30 years old. – Nampa-Reuters

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