November 26, 2020

In India’s aviation boom, safety makes a crash landing

Sources : timesofindia.indiatimes.com

  • South Asia’s worst: India’s aviation safety reached a new low, as the safety audit conducted by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) ranked India’s air safety oversight score lower than that of other South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal; only Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and Samoa ranked lower than India.
  • Below par: The ranking saw India’s score slipping from 66% to 57%, making it one of the 15 countries whose score is below the minimum target rates, which could lead to a downgrade by the US aviation regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Impact: A downgrade by the FAA would result in Indian airlines being unable to add new flights to the US or enter into codeshare alliances with US airlines, besides having aircrafts of Indian airlines subjected to enhanced checks when they fly to the US.

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