Mexico asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an “urgent” meeting with its auditors to jointly review the causes for the downgrading of its air safety rating, the Mexican government reported on Wednesday.
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Mexican authorities said they sent a formal request to the FAA through the Mexican Embassy in the United States to address “immediately” all issues related to the inspection.
“We have sent the FAA a new communication by email requesting an urgent meeting with its auditors, to jointly review the evidence submitted with our specialists,” said the Ministry of Communications and Transportation in an official letter.
The agency reported that this Wednesday it held a meeting with executives of the main Mexican airlines to define a strategy that allows them to recover Category 1 “as soon as possible.”
The FAA announced Tuesday that it would downgrade Mexico’s rating from “Category 1” to “Category 2” in air safety, thereby prohibiting Mexican carriers from offering new services or routes in the United States.
Mexico argued that the Federal Civil Aviation Agency ( AFAC ) team was reduced at the time of the evaluation and that some adjustments were not adequately assessed by the US auditors.
According to the FAA’s assessment, the Mexican government does not comply with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations entity that regulates global aeronautics.
Mexico guaranteed air safety and said that the measure does not affect operations.