Air Vanuatu has returned to membership of IOSA, the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program, which is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline, says acting Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Laloyer.

All IATA (International Air Transport Association) members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership, he explained to 96 BuzzFM’s Vanuatu Nightly News host Kizzy Kalsakau.

“In the world you have about close to 7,000 airlines.

"Out of airlines from around the world, you have 400 and 500 airlines that agreed to comply with specific standards that put in place by IOTA, and those 400-500 airlines comply with what we call IOSA,” he explained.

“And there is an audit that you go through and if you comply with that audit you become an IOSA member,” he continued.

“The requirement under this audit does not make any difference if you are a small airline or a large airline such as British Airways.

"All the standard requirements are the same.

"Air Vanuatu fulfilled the requirements of the audit and returned last year to IOSA and we want to keep it that way.”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 265 or 83% of total air traffic. And they support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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