Poland's airports upgraded to Category 1 by FAA

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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restored Poland to a Category 1 aviation safety rating.

The agency had downgraded the country's airports to Category 2 last September, saying they did not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. But the FAA said March 2 that Poland again "meets international standards for aviation safety."

Last year's temporary demotion came one month before Polish flag carrier LOT Polish Airlines joined the Star Alliance, led by United Airlines and Lufthansa, in October. Although the FAA ruling did not prevent LOT's code sharing on United flights starting Oct. 26, the U.S. carrier said it could not reciprocate on the Polish airline's flights until Poland was again upgraded.

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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