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India's air safety standards get a relook from US, EU inspectors
Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, October 7, 2014
 

AVIATION authorities from the EU and US will re-examine India's air safety standards in November and December respectively.

 

The US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin a review in the second week of December, having downgraded India’s safety rating to Category 2 earlier in January.

 

This effectively barred Indian carriers from expanding routes into the US, where Air India and Jet Airways already operate to.

 

Since then, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has tightened flight safety standards and engaged The Wicks Group under a bilateral assistance programme funded by the US Trade and Development Agency to win back Category 1 status. 

 

The FAA was unable to say how long it will take to reach an outcome for the review.

 

Ahead of that, the EU will also review air safety in India in November and is seeking details on the DGCA’s new measures. 

 
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