US upgrades Ukraine’s safety rating to category 1

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The US Federal Aviation Administration has upgraded Ukraine to a category 1 safety rating following a July review by the agency of that country’s civil aviation authority.

The upgrade certifies that Ukraine meets international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, says a 20 September FAA media release.

Ukraine’s air carriers can now add flights to the US and codeshare with US airlines.

Ukraine was previously given a 2 rating by the FAA. That rating means a country’s civil aviation authority lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum safety standards, or that its aviation authority has deficiencies in one or more areas, says the FAA.

A category 2 rating allows a country’s airlines to maintain existing service to the US but prohibits them from establishing new flights.

No Ukrainian carriers currently fly to the US, says the agency.