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U.S. and Mexico officials meet at Felipe Ángeles International Airport to talk strategy

Mexico City, Mexico — The Secretaries of Mexico and the United States held a meeting during a joint visit to AIFA. Officials spoke about the progress of moving cargo from the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), as well as the recategorization of Mexico’s aviation security.

The Secretary of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), Jorge Nuño Lara, spoke with the Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Pete Buttigieg, in the framework of a visit made by the North American official to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA).

During the tour, both officials spoke about the progress of the respective dedicated cargo moving processes from the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), which is being done to decongest the country’s second busiest airport.

Secretary Buttigieg visited the loading facilities and the control tower of the AIFA during his Wednesday visit. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón and the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, were at the airport during the U.S. visit.

Both sides also discussed the ongoing issue of Mexico returning to a Category 1 safety status. Nuño Lara reiterated to his counterpart that Mexico satisfactorily responded to 100 percent of the evaluation carried out by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) audit team last week, as part of the final audit to recover Category 1.

The head of the SICT commented that among the actions carried out by the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) in the recategorization process, the development of a comprehensive implementation plan to comply with the safety standards established by the Organization of International Civil Aviation (ICAO).

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also met with Pete Buttigieg at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport.

AMLO explained that they addressed two issues, one of which was the transfer of cargo airlines to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport and the other, the return of the Benito Juárez International Airport to category 1.

The meeting, he said, was respectful and purposeful.