The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on safety oversight.


The MoU will see the two organizations develop a framework for the use of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) by CAAS to supplement its regulatory oversight of airlines operating in Singapore.

“A key objective is to reduce the number of duplicate audits foreign carriers need to undergo when they operate to or from Singapore, while still maintaining a high level of safety oversight through adherence to global standards and recommended practices,” said Blair Cowles, IATA’s Regional Director for Safety and Flight Operations, Asia-Pacific.

Singapore is the third country in Asia-Pacific to use IOSA as part of its safety oversight of carriers. In June 2018, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority signed an MoU with IATA to expand the use of IOSA audit information for oversight of Australian registered airlines in addition to foreign carriers operating to, from and within Australia. While in December 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand agreed with IATA to incorporate IOSA in Thailand’s safety oversight framework of foreign carriers.

This latest MoU was signed by Kevin Shum, CAAS Director General, and Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in Singapore on April 9, 2019.