The Association of European Airlines (AEA) has called for an urgent international debate about airspace security guidance for airlines. The downing of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17, which AEA strongly condemns, and recent flight cancellations to Tel Aviv have demonstrated that a discussion is needed about how risk assessments are made by national authorities.
In an announcement, AEA said that safety and security have always been the airlines’ top priority and European airlines are fully committed to making flying even safer.
According to AEA, in preparing their flight plans, airlines should be able to rely on independent risk assessments rather than on information provided by governments and air traffic control authorities alone.
“The downing of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17, which was flying in approved international airspace, triggers questions about how risk assessments are made,” said the association’s CEO, Athar Husain Khan.
“Together with the International Air Transport Association and our member airlines we ask for an international debate about airspace security guidance, preferably organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO),” he added.