has upgraded Ukraine's aviation safety rating to a Category 1, enabling air carriers based in the eastern European nation to begin adding direct flights to destinations in the United States.
Ukraine had previously received a Category 2 safety rating from FAA
in June 2005, however the agency upgraded the rating after determining that the nation's civil aviation authority complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based on results of a review conducted in July.
After receiving the Category 2 rating in 2005, Ukraine worked with FAA to align its safety oversight system with ICAO standards and practices.
"State Aviation Service of Ukraine completed complex and long-term work to return Ukraine to the FAA Category 1, which will provide an opportunity to expand its route Ukrainian carriers to the United States and simplify licensing procedures in Canada, Japan, Australia," said Anatolly Kolesnik, head of Ukraine's civil aviation agency.
Category 2 ratings allow nations to maintain existing service, but prevents them from adding new service to the U.S. Currently, Ukraine airlines do not provide any service between the two nations, according to a statement from FAA.
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