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FAA accepts Mexico’s strategy to recover Category 1 air safety status

Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported that the SICT presented its work plan to the FAA to recover its Category 1 air safety status, which was accepted by U.S. aeronautical authorities.

In a press release, the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed that the prompt recovery of the Mexico’s Category 1 is a priority for the governments of Mexico and the United States in order to guarantee airline security for 30 million passengers.

The Mexican delegation has agreed to undertake an aggressive and proactive strategy to achieve recategorization in the short term, acknowledges Billy Nolen, Interim Director of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regarding corrective actions of the Government of Mexico.

They agree that the FAA will travel to Mexico in January 2023 to present the conclusions of the corrective action plan and define the final audit date. The foregoing, after the SICT presented to the FAA its work plan to address three issues: legal changes, budget for the AFAC and corrective action plan in air safety matters.

One of the commitments agreed upon at the high-level meeting between the SICT and the FAA, is to conclude the Corrective Action Plan for Mexican civil aviation no later than December, and that in January 2023, by agreement, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration and his team will travel to Mexico to present the conclusions of the corrective action plan as well as define the final audit date that could see Mexico recover Category 1 for the 2023 summer vacation period.