International Civil Aviation Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 19, 2022, 13:55

International Civil Aviation Day is a UN observation day held on December 7 every year. It is celebrated to generate worldwide awareness about the role of aviation and international air travel in the nations' social and economic development.

World Civil Aviation Day also acknowledges the unique role played by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in ensuring the cooperation, safety, and efficiency of global aviation.

International Civil Aviation Day History

International Civil Aviation Day was first observed on December 7, 1994, as part of ICAO's 50th-anniversary activities. However, the UN General Assembly officially recognized December 7 as International Civil Aviation Day only two years later, in 1996.

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International Civil Aviation Day Significance

  • World Civil Aviation Day reminds us of the importance of International Civil Aviation as a means of global connectivity.
  • The significance of international aviation has increased manifold now that the UN and world nations have adopted Agenda 2030 with a mission of global sustainable development. The organization looks at international flights as "a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity."
  • ICAO has been in existence for more than 75 years now. The network carries 12 million passengers a day in its 120,000 flights and over four billion passengers annually.
  • Further, the Global Air Transport sector generates USD 2.7 trillion in economic activity and supports 65.6 million jobs. It plays a vital role in maintaining smooth supply chains for unhindered trade and commerce between nations.
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International Civil Aviation Day Theme

  • The ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day every five years, coinciding with the ICAO anniversary- 2014/2019/2024/2029, etc. The council representative also selects a single theme for the four intervening years between the anniversary period.
  • The theme for the 75th Anniversary of Internation Civil Aviation Day held in 2019 was "75 Years of Connecting the World.”
  • The theme for World Civil Aviation Day 2020 was "Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development." The council has decided to keep this theme till 2023.

Below is the list of the past International Civil Aviation Day themes from 2010 to date -

YearTheme
2020-2023Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development
201975 Years of Connecting the World
2015-2018Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind
2014Cooperating on Global Aviation Progress: 70 Years of the Chicago Convention
2013Evolving to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Air Transport
2012Aviation: Your Reliable Connection to the World
2011Assistance and Cooperation for Globally Sustainable Air Transport
2010Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Aviation For Our Planet

International Civil Aviation Day Celebration

International Civil Aviation Day is commemorated by holding various events, activities, press and media releases, aviation-themed lectures, and seminars. Governments, organizations, companies, and many individuals support ICAO in this endeavour.

The day is celebrated worldwide, though no public holiday is declared.

Over the years, ICAO has successfully created the best standards and practices for aviation safety, security, inspection, regularity, environmental protection, and sustainable development. The world recognizes the same on International Civil Aviation Day.

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FAQs on International Civil Aviation Day

Q.1. When is the International Civil Aviation Day observed?

The International Civil Aviation Day is celebrated on December 7 every year.

Q.2. Which nodal agency organizes the celebration held on International Civil Aviation Day?

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the nodal agency that organizes the celebration held on the International Civil Aviation Day.

Q.3. When was the first International Civil Aviation Day observed?

The first International Civil Aviation Day was observed on December 7, 1994, as a part of ICAO's 50th-anniversary activities. However, the day was officially recognized as World Civil Aviation Day only two years later, in 1996.

Q.4. Why is the International Civil Aviation Day observed?

International Civil Aviation Day is celebrated to generate worldwide awareness about the role aviation and international air travel play in the nation's social and economic development by fostering global connectivity.

Q.5. What was the theme of the International Civil Aviation Day 2021?

The theme of the International Civil Aviation Day 2021 was "Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development." The council has decided to keep this theme till 2023.