By the end of 2008, China's civil aviation industry had created a new flight safety record of 13.75 million hours.
Xinhua News reports that Yang Guoqing, vice director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said in a national conference that this had been achieved thanks to the aviation industry's new safety management concept and method which was launched in 2008. Yang said that CAAC amended and improved a series of safety regulations and standards in 2008 and issued a range of measures to reinforce safety. He said that CAAC also audited the safety index of 34 airports, six aviation management units, and six airline companies as well as the public security index of 27 airports in 2008.
Yang stressed that CAAC would strictly punish the responsible parties in the event of accidents, which was one reason for the care taken by the whole aviation industry.