Perk up safety at airport

Within two weeks, Cape Town International Airport experienced three aviation-safety incidents. This has seriously damaged people's perception of safe flying. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is reported as saying that 28 incidents a year is acceptable.

Within two weeks, Cape Town International Airport experienced three aviation-safety incidents. This has seriously damaged people's perception of safe flying. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is reported as saying that 28 incidents a year is acceptable.

As far as the IFP is concerned, the figure is unacceptably high because that is an average of two a month.

How can the CAA be so certain of safety standards when the past two weeks is evidence to the contrary.

There is a European ban on many African airlines and we hope that South Africa does not follow suit.

We must register our concern at the apparent lack of preparedness at Cape Town International as displayed by the SAA Airbus leaving the runway.

This incident caused delays of up to six hours.

Does the airport have proper contingency plans in place to not only quickly move an aircraft from a runway, but also to divert incoming aircraft?

Has Acsa considered Ysterplaat and Langebaan Air Force bases as alternative landing strips in times of need?

We urge Acsa and the Transport Department to put in place proper contingency plans and consider alternative airports in time of emergencies.

Hennie Bekker,

IFP spokesman on economic affairs

Parliament

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