Aviation safety

WHILE the global community was left baffled with the recent airline disasters, Fiji should not take second chances.

That was the call made by former acting director Civil Aviation Joeli Koroikata before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Suva yesterday.

In his submission, Mr Koroikata showed his support towards Fiji’s intention to ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 to ensure the safety of those travelling by air with the country’s airlines.

He said Fiji was a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and to comply with international standards, it’s required to ratify conventions critical to support the safe, secure and efficient operations of aviation in Fiji.

Mr Koroikata said when the convention was ratified, the implication on an individual traveller would be reflected on the better protection one had in terms of liability coverage on carriers in respect of death or injury and destruction or loss of, or damage to baggage and for delay in local and international travels.

“As an international industry, aviation involves trans-boundary operations of airlines from one country to another. In doing so, Fiji must make sure it complied with standards required not only in the national law, but importantly in accordance with international standards.”

Mr Koroikata said there was a risk of foreign airlines pulling out if Fiji did not comply with international standards required to ratify important conventions and treaties critical for safe and secure operation of aviation.

“Understanding the important role aviation play in facilitating tourism, travellers to our shores or within prefer to fly in an airline which is safe, secure and indemnified.”

Mr Koroikata said the ratification of the convention would allow harmonisation of liability coverage to be based on internationally-recognised special drawing rights

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