Mexico Returns to Highest Aviation Safety Status, FAA Category 1

by Anthony Losanno
Aeromexico Plane

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) returned Mexico’s aviation safety rating to the highest level (Category 1) after more than two years of being downgraded for not meeting International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.

The FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with airlines that fly (or have applied to fly) to the United States or participate in codeshare agreements with US airlines. These assessments determine whether international civil aviation authorities meet minimum ICAO safety standards, not just FAA regulations.

With a return to Category 1, Mexico will be able to add new service and routes to the US. US airlines can resume marketing and selling tickets with their names and codeshares on Mexican-operated flights. Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico can restart codesharing, for example. We’ll also likely see new route announcements from Volaris and Aeromexico with this change in effect.

Anthony’s Take: It’s great to see this change take effect and will be interesting to watch for new routes and codeshare agreements between the US and Mexico.

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