An improved performance by Myanmar in an air safety inspection by the International Civil Aviation Organization will help to attract international investment in the industry, Department of Civil Aviation deputy director U Win Swe Tun said on December 3.
An ICAO aviation safety inspection in 2010 had ranked weaknesses in complying with safety standards at 48.58 percent but this year the result had improved to 30 percent, said U Win Swe Tun.
“The inspection shows that the safety factor in Myanmar aviation has improved and this result will help to attract international investment in the industry as well as more international commercial flights,” U Win Swe Tun toldMizzima.
“We are trying to comply with their suggestions to improve our weaknesses,” he said.
U Win Swe Tun said the ICAO conducted the inspection in November and its official result would be publicly announced within 90 days, in February.
A director of one of Myanmar’s newest domestic carriers welcomed the outcome of the ICAO inspection.
“An increased safety level will give confidence to travelers and confidence in safety will provide for better prospects for the industry,” said U Lwin Moe, the executive director of Asian Wings Airways.
A specialized agency of the United Nations, the ICAO sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, its website says.
An ICAO safety inspection includes checks of aviation laws, airline licenses, pilots’ licenses, airports, air traffic control systems and air worthiness certificates.