FAA Downgrades India To Safety Category II

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The US aviation regulator FAA has downgraded India’s aviation safety rating from category I to II that prevents Indian airlines to open new routes to US and forces US airlines to cease codesharing with airlines based in India.

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There are other countries such as Indonesia and Philippines that are classified as category II by FAA. You can access list of countries with their FAA rating here.

You can read more about this development on Reuters website here and on WSJ here.

Air India is in the process of joining the Star Alliance and has 21 weekly frequencies between India and US. Jet Airways is American Airlines AAdvantage partner airline that has seven frequencies to the US and currently flies from India to Newark via Brussels.

Conclusion

It is really bad for the Indian aviation sector that the country was downgraded to category II by the FAA, as this often has domino effect by other regulators.

Let’s hope that India get’s their aviation safety standards up to international standards that would allow the airlines to codeshare with US airlines and possibly expand their US services.

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