Air travel is now the safest mode of transport, according to Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport association.
Speaking at a conference in December, Mr Tyler stated, "air is the safest way to travel and we are going to make it even safer." Independent organisation the Aviation Safety Network has deemed 2012 the safest year for air travel in over 60 years while Günther Matschnigg, IATA senior vice president (and safety expert), told the press, "if you were to take a flight every day, odds are you would fly 14,000 years without being in an accident!"
Meanwhile, Finnair has been named the world's safest airline in a poll released by German research project JACDEC. The Finnish airline which flies into London and Manchester, was followed by Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. British Airways was the only UK carrier to make the top 10, which was as follows:
1. Finnair (Finland)
2. Air New Zealand (New Zealand)
3. Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong)
4. Emirates (UAE)
5. Etihad Airways (UAE)
6. EVA Air (Taiwan)
7. TAP Portugal (Portugal)
8. Hainan Airlines (China)
9. Virgin Australia (Australia)
10. British Airways (UK)
The annual list, which included 60 major airlines, based its calculations on 'serious incidents' in the past 30 years as well as hull losses. The ranking also took into account the passenger distances travelled, findings by other professional bodies such as IOSA, and gave greater weight to more recent incidents.
The poll topper Finnair has just announced new destinations for this summer, including Tel Aviv and Antalya this summer.