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India’s aviation sector to be upgraded by US FAA by month-end

  • Indian
    Aviation is finally expected to regain its Class-I category rating by
    April-end, over an year after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    downgraded country’s aviation sector due to safety concerns.

  • The
    FAA team, which was in Delhi for a final review on Monday and Tuesday, will
    file its report by April 10 and the rating would be restored in a couple of

    • Indian
      Aviation is finally expected to regain its Class-I category rating by
      April-end, over an year after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
      downgraded country’s aviation sector due to safety concerns.

    • The
      FAA team, which was in Delhi for a final review on Monday and Tuesday, will
      file its report by April 10 and the rating would be restored in a couple of
      weeks.

    • In January the previous year, the FAA had
      downgraded Indian aviation to Class-II category. “Following the review and
      consultations, the FAA team has in principle agreed to upgrade India to Class-I
      status,” said a source. 

    • Under the International Convention on Civil
      Aviation, each country is responsible for the safety oversight of its own air
      carriers. But FAA conducts audits called the International Aviation Safety
      Assessment (IASA) program, which is an assessment of the aviation regulator of
      each country that has carriers operating to the US. 

    • If the regulatory authority meets international
      standards, FAA gives it a Category-I rating. It allows the country’s carriers
      to add more flights to the US and take part in reciprocal code-share
      arrangements with the US carriers. But if the regulator is found to fall short,
      like the DGCA was last year, then the country gets a Category-II rating. In
      that case, airlines from the accessed country cannot add new flights and their
      flights come under increased surveillance when in the US.

     

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