Mexico calls for ‘urgent’ meeting with US on aviation safety clearance
MEXICOCITY – Mexican officials met with the country’s airline bosses on Wednesday and called for a meeting with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the agency’s degradation of Mexico’s aviation safety rating, the government said.
“We sent the FAA administrator a new declaration by e-mail requesting an urgent meeting with his auditors to examine jointly, with our specialists, the submitted evidence ”, declared the Deputy Minister of Transport Carlos Alfonso Moran in a statement released Wednesday evening.
Tuesday the FAA lowered the country’s airline safety rating, a move that prevents Mexican carriers from adding new U.S. flights and limits the ability of airlines to enter into marketing agreements with each other.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday said the downgrade was “not that bad.”
During their meeting, the airline chiefs and the ministry agreed on a plan to quickly retrieve the note, the government said.
the FAA downgraded Mexico – the most common international destination for U.S. air travelers last month – from a level called Category 1, which means compliance with international standards, to Category 2, the lowest level.