ICAO to Lead Efforts in Volcanic Ash Safety

22 April 2010 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2010 18:30)

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said it will lead efforts to establish travel safety standards for flights in the aftermath of the volcanic ash crisis. In a meeting, which included representatives of the International Air Transport Association, the IC

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said it will lead efforts to establish travel safety standards for flights in the aftermath of the volcanic ash crisis.

In a meeting, which included representatives of the International Air Transport Association, the ICAO's Air Navigation Commission discussed initiatives to improve aviation safety and airspace affected by volcanic ash.

ICAO said a global safety risk framework needs to be established for routinely determining safe levels of operation in airspace contaminated by volcanic ash.

It will invite states, the scientific community, aviation safety professionals, manufacturers, airports and airlines to provide valuable input for the development of such a framework.

The decision has been taken following the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano eruption in Iceland that led to the closure of major European airspace, and disruptions to international and local air travel across the world.

ICAO's International Airways Volcano Watch system coordinates with the World Meteorological Organization to provide critical information to states in the case of major volcanic eruptions affecting air travel.