India has been granted a Category 1 rating under the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, indicating that the country's civil aviation authority is now in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the improved safety rating Wednesday during a meeting with India's Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

India's safety rating was originally downgraded to a Category 2 in January 2014, after the FAA raised concerns about an inadequate number of flight operation inspectors among other issues. Downgrading a country's safety rating to a Category 2 prevents airlines in that country from increasing flights to the U.S., and imposes extra safety checks for existing flights.

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