Published On: Fri, Jul 1st, 2016

New IATA Data Reveals Positive Decline In Commercial Aviation Accidents

Each year, millions of people take to the skies. Traveling by air is convenient, affordable and accessible to most people these days.

Domestic air travel is quicker and affordable than alternatives like car and train. International flights make it possible to reach foreign destinations for vacations. Plus, they are a boon for business travelers that wish to conclude international deals.

Of course, some opponents to air travel cite safety and security as reasons we should not fly. But that’s in stark contrast to official data released by IATA. The International Air Transport Association is a trade body that represents many airliners. According to research from IATA, there has been a decline in commercial aviation accidents.

In 2015, the number of major airplane accidents was 12% less than in the previous year. Or, to put it another way, there was one major accident per 3.1 million flights.

There has also been a decline in fatalities from commercial airliner accidents. In 2014, 992 people lost their lives. But, in 2015, that figure was only 136.

Should we still fly?

Regardless of the figures stated, flying is still one of the safest forms of transport. In fact, you are more likely to have an auto accident than come to harm in the skies.

And even with terrorism levels rising, stringent checks at airports are thwarting such efforts. So, in short, yes we should all still fly! Take a look at the infographic below to find out more facts from IATA’s recent data release:

Created By Katz Friedman