The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has transferred Ukraine to the first category from the second one according to safety criteria under the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA), the State Aviation Service of Ukraine has told Interfax-Ukraine. According to a press release from the State Aviation Service, the FAA decision is based on the results of the audit, according to which the State Aviation Service meets all the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). "The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recognized a significant progress in the field of aviation safety in Ukraine and the creation of a transparent system of management in the aviation field. The State Aviation Service has completed a complex and lengthy work on Ukraine's returning to the FAA first category, which will allow it to expand the geography of flights of Ukrainian carriers to the United States and simplify licensing procedures for flights to Canada, Japan, Australia," reads a statement citing Chairman of the State Aviation Administration Anatoliy Kolesnik. As reported, this allows Ukrainian air carriers to expand the network of flights, as well as perform direct flights to the United States.