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U.S. Bars Any New Flights To or From Malaysia

  • U.S. aviation authority downgraded Malaysia to Category 2
  • Bangladesh and Thailand also cannot open routes to U.S.
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Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Malaysia’s aviation-safety downgrade makes Asia the region with the most markets where airlines are restricted from U.S. airspace.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration cut Malaysia to a Category 2 nation on Monday, banning the country’s carriers from setting up new flights to anywhere between New York and San Francisco. It cited deficiencies by the nation’s civil-aviation authority in areas ranging from technical expertise to record keeping.