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Mexico and U.S. hold Category 1 maintenance progress meeting

Mexico City, Mexico — Jorge Nuño and Pete Buttigieg held a recent meeting in Washington to analyze progress in Mexico’s Category 1 maintenance plan. The pair also reviewed the dedicated cargo agreement and the design of binational best practices in transportation.

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation says both officials endorsed the current permanent cooperation mechanisms that exist between said governments and reiterated the importance of the relationship between these ministries.

The Secretary of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), Jorge Nuño Lara, and the Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Pete Buttigieg, met at the official headquarters of the Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington D.C. to review topics such as the Category 1 Maintenance Plan, the AICM dedicated load decree and the application of best practices in transportation.

In the framework of that meeting, the Mexican official pointed out that “Category 1 is and will continue to be a priority and its recovery is a joint achievement between Mexico and the United States.”

He also specified that recovering Category 1 required updating technical and administrative regulations in order to comply with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

He reported that in relation to the dedicated cargo decree of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), 21 cargo companies are already operating properly in the new facilities of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) and they were provided at the time with all technical assistance to be able to adequately meet deadlines.

The meeting was coordinated by Ana Luisa Fajer Flores, head of the Chancellery of the Mexican Embassy in the United States and was attended by Rogelio Jiménez Pons, undersecretary of Transportation, Gen. Miguel Enrique Vallín Osuna, the General Director of the AFAC, Arturo Palacios Uribe, Coordinator of Advisors to the Secretary and Alejandro Varela Arellano, Transportation Legal Coordinator.

On behalf of the US delegation, Carlos Monje, Undersecretary of Politics, participated as did Carol A. Petsonk, Under Secretary of Aviation and International Affairs as well as Benjamin Taylor, the Director of the Office of International Aviation, and Cindy Baraban, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff of that agency.