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United States returned Mexico´s aviation safety rating to the highest level

By Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

United States returned Mexico´s aviation safety rating to the highest level

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) returned Mexico’s aviation safety rating to the highest level following more than two years of close work between the civil aviation authorities in both countries. 

With a return to Category 1 status, Mexico can add new service and routes to the U.S., and U.S. airlines can resume marketing and selling tickets with their names and designator codes on Mexican-operated flights.

The FAA provided expertise and resources via technical assistance agreements to Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Aviacion Civil (AFAC) to resolve the safety issues that led to the downgrade. The agency sent a team of aviation safety experts multiple times over the last two years to assist with the work.

The FAA downgraded Mexico’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating to Category 2 in May 2021 after finding the country did not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.

Under the IASA program, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States, or participate in code-sharing arrangements with U.S. airlines. The assessments determine whether international civil aviation authorities meet minimum ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.

To obtain and maintain a Category 1 rating, a country must adhere to the safety standards of ICAO, the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation. ICAO establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance.

Mexico's aviation safety rating being upgraded to Category 1 is a positive development for the country's investment and trade prospects.

First, it will make it easier for foreign businesses to invest in Mexico, as some foreign investors are reluctant to invest in countries with poor aviation safety ratings.

Second, it will boost Mexico's trade with other countries. Airlines from countries with Category 1 ratings are allowed to operate unlimited flights to the United States. This means that Mexican airlines will now be able to add new flights to the U.S. and expand their marketing tie-ups with U.S. airlines. This will make it easier for businesses and consumers in Mexico to trade with the United States, which is Mexico's largest trading partner.

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