An aviation safety expert says that Indonesian airlines must continue safety improvements made in the last few years in order to sustain rapid industry growth.Indonesia has one of the fastest growing aviation market in the world behind China and India. However if this growth potential is to be built on, safety issues among Indonesian airlines must be addressed. On a recent visit to Garuda’s Training Centre facility in Tangerang, President of the Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Roberto Kobeh Gonzales said safety factors must be top priority and need to be further improved. The industry is on the right track according to the visiting expert. After a previous visit in 2007, Indonesia rated 40% on the ICAO safety scale. This has improved significantly to 80.4% today. Gonsalez commented on noteworthy improvements at the national flag carrier, saying; “There have been so many tremendous changes at Garuda, it’s as if I’m visiting a different company this time around.”Indonesian airlines carried 58 million passengers in 2010 with fleet expansions driving yoy passenger growth of 20%, but this growth must be supported by quality and qualified personnel. “We need more qualified human resources, and that is why each airline needs to have its own proper training centre,” Gonzales said. “Investment in human resources is the best investment for an airplane, as it is related to safety, security, efficiency, service to passengers, and business marketing,” he added.