Philippine Aviation Authorities have stated that they would be more vigilant on Air travel risk because of the latest Aviation disaster on the off coast of Indonesia. They have also added that it is the time to improve Air regulation and also modernize ground equipment at par with international Airport standards.
Air Asia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 160 people crashed into the sea on Sunday while flying from Surabaya to Singapore after losing Air contact with Air traffic controllers during bad weather.
Air Travel has many risks but it can be lowered down by having competent ground staff and modern Aircraft facilities.
The US FAA has put the Philippines to category 1 for Aviation safety status. The US has also imposed the blacklist four years ago after the Philippines failed to match the international safety standards. The category 1 status does not fully give the assurance that the Philippines have fully met the minimum international standards with other modern Airport facilities.
The Philippines has one of the worst Airport facilities in Asia alone. Its Airport runaways are very restrictive because of the wide bodied jets are the main cause of the Air traffic. The Air terminals are cramped not with international standards and the weather also is very bad.
The Civil Aviation authority has to get more trained personal to direct Air traffic. Aviation authorities must double their efforts in provincial Airports, where all this is lacking.
Expanding the Air travel industry will be one of the drivers of the economic growth in the Philippines Aviation authorities have their hands full with increased Air traffic and the acquisition of more planes by local carriers in the coming years. The government should actively respond to the challenge to make Air travel safer and avoid Aviation disasters.
Susweta Bose [Masters in Mass Comm ]