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International Civil Aviation

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Singapore joined the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a Contracting State on 20 May 1966.  Through the years, we have built up competencies and expertise in various aspects of civil aviation management and contributed to the global community on a diverse range of aviation matters.

To date, Singapore has contributed in over 100 ICAO expert bodies (holding leadership positions in 18 of them) to help shape international standards. 

Learn more about Singapore's contributions to international civil aviation:

Human Resource Development

In support of ICAO’s mission to strengthen international technical cooperation and develop human resources, we established the ICAO-Singapore Developing Countries Training Programme . Conducted by the Singapore Aviation Academy, the programme awards training fellowships to applicants nominated by their respective governments.

Air Traffic Management

Singapore gives full support to ICAO in its work in the Air Navigation Commission for the advancement of global Air Traffic Management initiatives, including leveraging on state-of-the-art technology and processes.

In the Asia-Pacific region, we chair the Asia/Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG). We are also a key member in the APANPIRG sub-groups where we work in close cooperation with States in the region on initiatives to restructure airways, improve airway capacities and enhance safety monitoring services.

Aviation Safety

Aviation safety is paramount to the sustainability of international aviation. In Singapore’s view, aviation safety as the very fabric that holds the global aviation framework together for air travel.

Therefore, we remain fully committed to ICAO’s State Safety Programme, Safety Management System, Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) , and to the provision of technical assistance to States under the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme (COSCAP).

We also participate actively in the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group for Asia Pacific, and in the South East Asia Regional Initiative Forum (SEARIF) in developing harmonised regulations for the region.

Aviation Security

For aviation security, Singapore strongly believes that a coordinated effort by ICAO Contracting States is required to effectively address emerging security risks and ensure the integrity of the global aviation security system.

We actively participate in the ICAO Aviation Security (AVSEC) Panel and in helping the body to chart the future direction for aviation security. Our participation has included an active role in the development of an ICAO-led harmonised response to the threat of liquid explosives onboard aircraft.

We are also one of the founding members of the ICAO public key directory system for biometric passports. This measure was implemented to further tighten global aviation security through the use of technology.

Aviation Medicine

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARs) outbreak was first reported in Asia in 2003. Following this, Singapore has contributed expertise to the “Cooperative Arrangement for the Prevention of Spread of Communicable Diseases through Air Travel” (CAPSCA)-Asia Pacific project.

Since then, we have assisted with the launch of similar CAPSCA projects in Africa and the Americas. With their experience in the World Health Organisation, Aerospace Medical Association and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, our experts have further provided assistance in the training of Designated Medical Examiners in Asia Pacific States under the CAPSCA initiative.

Aviation Environmental Protection

Singapore affirms and supports ICAO as the most appropriate United Nations agency with the relevant expertise and impetus to address international aviation emissions within the complexities presented by the trans-boundary nature of air travel.

We work closely with other Asia-Pacific States and industry players to optimise route processes over the Bay of Bengal and across the South China Sea. Together with these partners, we have implemented air traffic management initiatives to improve aircraft flow, reduce runway occupancy time and increase capacity. These have in turn led to reduced fuel burn and aviation emissions.