US to introduce restrictions on airlines from Malaysia

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded the Malaysian Civil Aviation Administration rating, thereby banning Malaysian airlines from expanding their presence in the U.S. aviation services market, according to a regulator’s decision published on Monday, Trend reports citing RIA Novosti.

“The Federal Aviation Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has revealed that the Malaysian Civil Aviation Administration does not meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and therefore has revised its rating to the second category,” the FAA published message.

The downgrade, the report said, was an assessment of the management’s work, and not of individual Malaysian airlines, and it will not affect the flights it has already permitted in the United States, but prohibits the expansion of their presence in the U.S. civil aviation market.

The FAA explained that the category 2, in accordance with the FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA), means that the country does not have sufficient capabilities in one or a number of areas, such as “technical expertise, personnel training, record keeping and (or) conducting inspections.”

The FAA also clarified that the verification of compliance with the Malaysian Civil Aviation Administration, which had the first category since 2003, was carried out in April.

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