Tuesday, September 25, 2018

India falls below Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan in air safety audit

Believe it or not, India's air safety oversight score is lower than that of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and even North Korea in the Asia-Pacific region. The only countries that rank below India are small and little known such as Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu and Samoa.
In the aviation-safety audit conducted late last year by the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), India has slipped below its previous ranking of 66% to 57%. The audit — ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme — seeks to identify if countries have effectively and consistently implemented the critical elements of a safety-oversight system.
India is one of the 15 countries that are below the minimum target rates.
The low score can have serious repercussions, including a potential downgrade by the US aviation regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which was in the country in July this year to conduct its own audit after the slip in India’s score, according to an ET Prime report.

A downgrade would mean Indian airlines won’t be able to mount new flights to the US or form alliances with US airlines. Also, Indian carriers such as Air India and Jet Airways, which fly to the US, would face more checks when their planes land there.

The downgrade can stifle Indian carriers' plans of global expansion.India has already been downgraded once, in 2014, ranking alongside Ghana, Indonesia, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe. The downgrade was removed after a year.
25/09/18 Economic Times

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