International Civil Aviation Organisation to help Mozambique comply with air safety rules

30 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 June – The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) plans to provide technical assistance to the civil aviation sector in Mozambique to resolve safety issues detected in 2010 and that led to all the country’s airlines being banned from flying in European air space, according to Mozambican newspaper O País.

The paper said that the ICAO would not only help Mozambique resolve the problem of lack of compliance with safety regulations in supervision of air operations detected at the last inspection, but also to prepare the country for approval at the next inspection in September and for its safety audit in 2012.

An agreement with this in mind was signed Monday in Canada by the Mozambican Transport and Communication minister, Paulo Zucula, and by the general secretary of the ICAO, Raymond Benjamin.

At the time of the ban on Mozambican airlines flying in the EU, the European Commission pointed to the lack of a legal framework to regulate aviation, the inexistence of supervision of air carriers, defects in the process of certifying airlines and a reduced number of qualified technicians working in the area in Mozambique.

The ICAO drew up the report used as the basis for the decision taken in January, 2010.

The ICAO delegation that travelled to Mozambique, at the time, inspected only the National Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) without supervising the airlines that were affected by the ban or the country’s airport facilities.

As irregularities were found by the ICAO, Mozambique pledged, at the time, to correct the anomalies by September 2011, which may now be the case due to the technical assistance that is being provided. (macauhub)