This from Category 1 to Category 2. A delegation of FAA had been in Israel for several days and came up with negative conclusions
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), deemed the international authority on flight standards throughout the Western world, intends to lower the safety ranking given to Ben Gurion International Airport from Category 1 to Category 2, a category usually prevalent among third world countries.
A delegation of FAA personnel had been in Israel for several days, checking procedures in Ben Gurion International Airport and Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority - and have come up with negative conclusions.
If Israeli efforts to change the decree fail, the FAA will lower Israel’s rating from Category 1 to Category 2 next week. The FAA report finds that some Israeli aviation laws are outdated and irrelevant, regulations are arbitrary and deficient, Ben Gurion suffers from a series of problems and limitations, and that Israel’s airways are crowded. The US decisionwill place Israel in the same category as Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Honduras, Bulgaria and others.
Intensive efforts are being made by the government to convince the US Federal Aviation Administration not to lower Israel’s airport safety rating. Should intensive efforts be unsuccessful, the airlines’ insurance premiums would rise, leading directly to higher airfares or even to the cancellation of routes to Israel.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Avner Ovadiah said that: “The Authority has already turned all the issues in the FAA report into working plans, and they are being implemented. The top figures in the Aviation Authority have been replaced, and we are in the midst of recruiting top people for the purpose of improving our control and supervision.”