Starbow, a domestic airline, has presented its newly received International Air Traffic Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Accra.
Mr. James Eric Antwi, the Chief Executive Officer of Starbow, who presented the certificate, said that the “journey for achieving IOSA started in 2013, when Starbow was selected by IATA to undergo IOSA Implementation Training Programme.
He said the workshops offered by IOSA were based on the “identification of IOSA gaps”, and led to the creation of an action plan by Starbow, “with accountabilities, measurements and timelines.”
Mr. Antwi said the drive to adopt IOSA, was consistent with the airline’s strategic plan of achieving a level of safety that is consistent with international standards.
“We are glad today that following the intense on-site audit in January 2015, and subsequent follow-up actions, Starbow is formally registered as an IOSA operator,” he said.
The Starbow boss said as the IOSA programme required a renewal of the registration every 24 months, therefore, “Starbow has tailor made continual programmes, to ensure that the standards are consistently maintained throughout the registration period.”
Mr. Abdulai Alhassan, the acting Director General of GCAA, who received the certificate said: “We commend Starbow for achieving this in record time”.
He said it took great effort to chalk such an achievement, adding that the GCAA was proud to be associated with the award.
“Safety is the only thing that has no end line,” Mr. Alhassan said, and encouraged the airline not to rest on its oars, but to work even harder to sustain the achievement it had chalked.
The IOSA initiative, comes on the backdrop of the Abuja Declaration by African Union States, mandating African Airlines to achieve IOSA by 2015, as an initiative to reduce the accident rate of aviation operators in Africa. GNA