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