The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that India complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.
A Category 1 rating means that the country’s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards and permits India’s air carriers to add flights to the United States using their own aircraft and carry the code of U.S. carriers on their operations.
India first achieved a Category 1 rating in August 1997. A December 2012 FAA audit identified some deficiencies in the DGCA from ICAO-set global standards for oversight of aviation safety which led to a Category 2 designation. Subsequently, the FAA began a reassessment of India’s compliance with ICAO standards under the FAA’s IASA program.