India jumps to 48th place in ICAO aviation safety ranking, say DGCA officials

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According to DGCA officials, India has moved up to the 48th position in the global aviation safety ranking by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Four years ago the country was ranked 102nd.

Officials said Singapore topped the ranking, followed by UAE and South Korea at second and third places respectively.

He said that China is at 49th position.

Under the continuous monitoring approach of its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP), the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) was carried out from 9 to 16 November.

On Saturday, DGCA chief Arun Kumar told PTI that the regulator has worked tirelessly to upgrade India’s safety ranking and the results are visible. “Hopefully, we will continue to be vigilant and make further improvements”.

The country’s score has improved to 85.49 per cent in terms of effective implementation of key safety elements, officials said.

On 16 November, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the audit was conducted in the areas of legislation, organisation, personal licensing, operations, airworthiness and the airport.

It had said in a release, “As per preliminary reports, the mission was highly successful. India has performed extremely well and our score will improve significantly, putting us in the company of countries with the best safety standards and inspection systems.”

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