December 7th is International Civil Aviation Day. This year will mark 75 years since the signing of the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation known as the Chicago Convention. In recognition of International Civil Aviation Day, the CAACI is joining the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in generating and reinforcing worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and setting the global standards for safe air transport. The importance of aviation as an engine of global connectivity has never been more relevant to the Chicago Convention's objectives to look to international flight as a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity.
The vision of ICAO is to ‘achieve the sustainable growth of the global civil aviation system’ with its mission being ‘To serve as the global forum of States for international civil aviation. ICAO develops policies and Standards, undertakes compliance audits, performs studies and analyses, provides assistance and builds aviation capacity through many other activities and the cooperation of its Member States and stakeholders’.
Living in the Cayman Islands this connectivity for residents of our 3 islands and to the outside world is critical to the economic development and connectivity as it forms the foundation for the tourism and financial services industries. We are very dependent upon safe, reliable air transport for our residents and visitors alike.
“On this milestone anniversary, I would like to recognize the Cayman Islands local and global partners who contribute and play a part in our industry’s development and continued sustainability. I am very gratified to know that the CAACI has played a significant role to ensure that we lead the way in realising our vision statement “A safe and credible aviation industry for the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Richard Smith, Director-General of the CAACI.