The Republic of San Marino has achieved the USA FAA Category 1 Rating, which recognizes the republic’s civil aviation authority as compliant with ICAO standards and allows San Marino air carriers to operate services to the USA.
Under a Category 1 rating, properly authorized San Marino AOC Holders air carriers are permitted to serve the USA and enter into code-share agreements with US carriers.
“This is an excellent achievement for San Marino,” said David Colindres, President of San Marino Aircraft Registry (pictured centre). “This means that every San Marino commercial operator can now take direct flights to and from the United States to Rimini-San Marino Airport. This also opens the door for US citizens to reach the Italian Adriatic Riviera more quickly and easily through Rimini-San Marino airport.”
In 2016, the Republic of San Marino was recognized by the ICAO Council with the Presidential Certificate. The Certificate recognized San Marino significant progress in resolving safety oversight deficiencies and improving the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, as identified through the objective and transparent 2015 results determined through ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. The effective implementation of ICAO global Standards and Recommended Practices is considered a fundamental prerequisite today for establishing air transport rapid global connectivity.