Renewal of aviation safety rating threatened by airport deficiencies


Source: Mexico News Daily

Mexico’s capacity to return to a first tier aviation safety rating from the United States government could be hampered in the short term by deficiencies at 19 airports operated by a state-owned company.

The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Mexico’s safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2 in May after finding that it doesn’t meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. The move prevents Mexican airlines from adding new flights to the United States.


Mexico signs agreement aimed at recovering U.S. aviation rating


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, July 26 (Reuters) – Mexico has signed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aimed at helping the country recover its Category 1 air safety rating, Mexico’s ministry of communications and transportation said on Monday

Experts from the FAA will visit Mexico beginning in August to provide technical assistance and a review of Mexico’s efforts to reverse a downgrade from May, the ministry said. (Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Noe Torres; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)


FAA Lowers Mexico’s Air-Safety Rating

Date: 05/25/2021

Source: The Wall Street Journal

U.S. officials downgraded Mexico’s air-safety oversight, a setback to the country’s airline industry as travel has started to pick up from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it had demoted Mexico to a Category 2 air-safety ranking and would increase scrutiny of Mexican airline flights into the U.S.

The FAA said its Mexican counterpart, the Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, fell short of international standards. The FAA said it would help Mexican aviation authorities improve their safety oversight.


Mexico aims high with investment in burgeoning aviation industry

private planeThe Guardian, 6/25/2013

The Querétaro Aerospace Park, 200km northwest of Mexico City, is a mass of cranes and diggers. A new Aeroméxico and Delta Air Lines heavy maintenance facility – a joint investment costing $40m, with work for 3,000 specialist technicians – is due to open here shortly. Querétaro airport is just next door, with gigantic hangars built by Bombardier, Eurocopter and Safran, rearing up against the arid landscape dotted with cactuses.

Mexico is determined to become one of the world’s top 10 aviation suppliers. In 2005 Canada’s Bombardier was the first overseas firm to build a $200m factory on previously undeveloped land, transferring production here from Ireland and Japan. Since then it has spent a further $300m in Mexico. The 1,800-strong workforce manufactures parts for the Learjet 85, soon to be followed by components for the Global 7000 and 8000 series.

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Mexico To Discuss Deals Worth $150M At Paris Air Show

airplane on runwayFox News Latino, 6/17/2013

The governor of the Mexican state of Queretaro said Monday that he planned to discuss seven aviation investment projects worth $150 million with different companies during the 2013 Paris Air Show. Jose Calzada said in a press conference at the Le Bourget exhibition center that he had about 15 meetings planned with aviation and aerospace companies.

The governor will be meeting with Canada’s Bombardier, which has already invested about $500 million in Queretaro. Eurocopter, which has a presence in the state, is looking at “a potential investment of $500 million,” Calzada said. Queretaro is “a safe state, which invests in infrastructure,” and is home to an aeronautical university that provides trained personnel, the governor said during an event at the Mexico Pavillion.

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