In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy, a major international meeting between the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and top airline industry officials is set to take place in Montreal, Canada today, to discuss ways to reduce risks when flying over conflict zones.
The ICAO has decided to hold the meeting at its headquarters, together with the industry’s top officials from around the world including three international airline group representatives, after surmounting calls were made for action to be taken to prevent another tragedy from repeating.
Joining the meeting will be present the International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and the Civil Air Navigation Service Organisation, which will discuss their respective roles in conflict affected air zones.
However, it remains uncertain what results will be achieved through the meeting, as the UN specialised agency’s current role is limited and cannot dictate airspace regulations.
The ICAO has stated in a release that the meeting will discuss “appropriate actions to be pursued in order to more effectively mitigate potential risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones” and has stressed that member states are individually responsible for ensuring aviation safety in their airspace and should not be confused with ICAO circulated safety advisories.