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Mexico plans 50 new U.S. routes after regaining Category 1 aviation status

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico has officially regained its Category 1 aviation safety status reported the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SICT) Thursday. The Ministry said the return of Mexico’s Category 1 will bring numerous benefits to the country and to the United States.

In the short term, Mexico is planning to open more than 50 new routes between both nations with more than 1 million passengers annually. The recovery of Category 1 in international aviation safety will bring numerous benefits to Mexico and the United States, stated SICT head, Jorge Nuño Lara.

There will be more flights between both nations which will strengthen air connectivity, he said. It will encourage competition and improve the quality of services for travelers, which translates into more routes and frequencies with more competitive rates.

It is expected, in the short term, that more than 50 new routes will be opened from Mexico to the United States, which could represent more than 1 million passengers each year.

Likewise, Category 1 will generate more and better jobs in areas such as tourism, transportation and related services, emphasized the head of the SICT.

We will have a potential for air cargo transportation, which will give renewed impetus to international trade and logistics in Mexico, favoring the growth of our aerospace industry, generating more investment attraction in the aviation sector and contributing to the economic development of the country.

From the first day that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador entrusted the SICT with the mission of recovering Category 1, we worked with determination so that Mexico occupies the place it deserves in international aviation, Nuño Lara said in a statement.

The recovery of Category 1 is an achievement that marks a new course for the development of aviation in Mexico, he stressed.

Mexico is planning to open 50 new U.S. routes after regaining Category 1 safety status. Photo: SICT September 14, 2023.

He added that the recovery of Category 1 is the result of the great work carried out by the SICT and in particular by the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), who worked hard to achieve the best standards of air operational safety, as indicated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Given the new scenario, the objective of the SICT, together with the AFAC, is to strengthen the national airport system to improve service to users, promote tourism and the country’s economy for the benefit of Mexicans.

Today Mexico is taking off and we look forward with enthusiasm to a future with more employment, more investment, more development and well-being for Mexican families, highlighted Secretary Nuño Lara.