Economy & Business - June 2021

MEXICO: Downgrading of air safety rating will complicate airlines’ recovery

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) on 25 May downgraded Mexico’s aviation safety rating from ‘Category 1’ to ‘Category 2’, which applies to only around a dozen countries around the world. The measure was taken because the FAA considers that Mexico’s aviation regulatory body --the federal agency of civil aviation (Afac)--, does not have the “necessary requirements to oversee the country’s air carriers in accordance with minimum international safety standards”, which are set by the Intentional Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the aviation arm of the United Nations. According to the FAA, Mexico’s civil aviation authority is not performing appropriately in one or more areas such as technical expertise, having enough trained personnel, record keeping, inspection procedures and resolution of safety concerns. According to Bob Mann, a US-based aviation consultant, this is an attempt to urge Mexico to improve its aviation oversight, particularly with regards to personnel licensing, record keeping and airport and airways facilities management.  

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