The EASA 2023 Annual Safety Review (ASR) is now online. The 2023 edition looks at the safety performance of the European aviation system in 2022. This, and other analyses carried out by EASA in collaboration with the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) and industry is used to support the decision-making that is reflected in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). Therefore, where risks are identified, further analysis is performed and when needed, mitigation actions are included in the EPAS. This is a continual workstream as part of the European Safety Risk Management Process.
Last year, the world, and air transport, began its journey to recovery after the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we publish this year’s Safety Review in the summer of 2023, traffic levels are at around 93 % of the pre-pandemic levels seen in 2019. This remarkable resurgence is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the aviation industry, and underlines that citizens still have a strong desire to travel by air, which remains the safest form of transport.