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India climbs to position 48 in the global aviation safety rankings

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials, India has climbed to the 48th spot, which is its highest-ever placement, in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) ranking of the world’s aviation safety.

Four years ago, the country was at the 102nd spot in the rankings.

The nation now ranks ahead of China (49), Israel (50), and Turkey (54) with a score of 85.49% for effectively implementing important safety measures.

India received a score of 69.95% in the 2018 Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.

“Keeping the newly discovered status is difficult. Arun Kumar, director general of the DGCA, stated, “We reassure all of our stakeholders that the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) will stop at nothing to further raise India’s standing.

He added that a formal announcement on the outcome is expected soon.

The higher ranking indicates that India’s air safety processes have improved. Better aviation safety in domestic skies also allows Indian carriers to expand faster in international markets because new service permissions are easier to obtain.

The audit was carried out by the United Nations agency from November 9 to 16 in areas such as legislation, organisation, personal licencing, operations, airworthiness, and aerodrome. “ICAO did not audit two areas, aircraft accident and investigation and air navigation,” Kumar said.

 “The team also visited Delhi airport, SpiceJet, a charter operator, air traffic control, communication navigation, and surveillance to ensure that rules were being followed,” he said.

India’s civil aviation organisation score increased from 63.64% to 72.73%, personnel licencing and training increased from 25.58% to 84.71%, aircraft operations increased from 80.34% to 97.44%, aircraft airworthiness increased from 90.20% to 97.06%, and aerodrome and ground aids increased from 72.36% to 92.68%.

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