Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States (US) aviation regulator, has retained India’s aviation rating at Category 1, after conducting an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
This rating certifies that DGCA, India’s apex aviation agency, adheres to the standards laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and undertakes adequate oversight of Indian airlines.
Category-1 rating means that carriers from the assessed country may initiate or continue services to the USA and also take part in reciprocal code-share arrangements with American airlines.
The IASA (International Aviation Safety Assessment Program) programme is conducted by the American regulator to assess each country that has carriers operating to the US.
The ICAO looks at eight areas during an audit. They include Primary Aviation Legislation and Civil Aviation Regulations, Civil Aviation Organisation, Personnel Licensing and Training, Aircraft Operations and Airworthiness of Aircraft.
In January 2014, the FAA downgraded India’s aviation safety ranking and it was upgraded to ‘Category 1’ in April 2015.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stated that India’s air connectivity has grown the fastest in the last five years (2013-18). Also, despite infrastructural hurdles, India’s aviation market has demonstrated strong growth potential for the next few years.