India says FAA downgrades aviation safety rating

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NEW DELHI — The Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded India’s air safety rating over concerns about pilot training and other issues, Indian officials said Friday.

The downgrade to the lower of two safety categories means Indian airlines cannot increase the number of flights they operate to the United States or enter into any new code-sharing arrangements with American carriers, said Uday Moray, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry spokesman. He said the move will not affect current flights.

India has started training programs to address the problems and should be in line with the FAA’s top-category standards by March, Moray said.

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