Israel Downgraded to Category 2 on Safety Concerns – No New US Service Permitted

In a bit of a surprise, the FAA has downgraded Israel to a Category 2 safety rating, meaning that El Al cannot add any additional service to the US.  The rating has nothing to do with airport security, and everything to do with the country’s system for ensuring the safety of airplanes.

Other category 2 countries are Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, DR Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

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