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US watchdog FAA retains highest aviation safety ranking for India

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NEW DELHI: In a major boost, the US regulator FAA has retained the highest aviation safety ranking for India, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) carried out an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July this year.

The official said that the FAA on Tuesday formally confirmed that India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains ‘Category 1’.

Category 1 means the carriers from the assessed state may initiate or continue service to the US in a normal manner and take part in reciprocal code-share arrangements with American carriers.

The FAA carried out an audit to confirm India’s adherence to the standards laid down by the ICAO and oversight of Indian airlines.

“During consultations held with the FAA in early November, the DGCA presented the actions taken to address the findings of the July 2018 audit,” the DGCA official said.

According to him, the FAA has formally communicated that India is adhering to the safety standards of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).

India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world and registered double-digit growth for the 50th consecutive month in October. The latest development comes as a boost for the overall aviation sector.

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