Costa Rica’s NatureAir will be the guinea pig for a new safety initiative unveiled at ALTA by IATA director general Tony Tyler.
The Basic Safety Audit Program (BSAP) will be aimed at airlines that cannot comply with IATA’s IOSA safety oversight programme due to the types of aircraft they fly or the nature and scale of their operations, says Tyler.
"ALTA was a strong voice of encouragement in the work that we are doing on BSAP. Beta-test audits will begin during the first half of 2014 and the launch airline will be NatureAir," he adds.
The airline, which operates de Havilland Canada Twin Otters and Cessna Caravans across Central America, has already started work on the programme. "We will work with IATA to help them come up with standards of what the programme will be down the line," says NatureAir chairman Alex Khajavi.