The United States has downgraded the safety rating of Venezuela, citing continued civil unrest and an inability to meet basic standards for safety.
Under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, countries are assigned either a Category 1 or Category 2. In short, Category 1 meets international safety standards and Category 2 does not.
Per its press release, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) explained the downgrade:
“A Category 2 IASA rating means the country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority – a body equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters – is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, inspection procedures, or resolution of safety concerns. At this time there are no flights between the United States and Venezuela.”
Concerning Venezuela, the FAA claimed it had conducted an “extensive review” to come to its downgrade conclusion:
“The FAA has determined the Venezuelan regime no longer complies with international aviation safety standards. The FAA recently conducted an extensive review based on safety-related information currently available, and determined that a change in the IASA category is required.”
The United States and Venezuela cut diplomatic ties earlier this year after the US declared opposition leader Juan Guaido the rightfully leader of the Bolivarian Republic. All service between the United States and Venezuela had been suspended prior to this safety downgrade. Now flights, even by US airlines, are not longer permissible.
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