India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will carry out surprise checks on its carriers every month in a bid to ensure safety.
The regulator stepped up checks following the FAA’s decision to downgrade the country’s safety rating in January.
The FAA found that a lack of aircraft training and no full-time flight operation inspectors at the DGCA.
The DGCA has stepped-up training and hiring, and is aiming to regain its Category 1 safety status.
The additional DGCA audits will include document checks, pilot licence checks and breathalyser checks, the Economic Times has reported.