Monday, September 13, 2010

FAA Downgrades Mexico's Air Safety Rating

With the recent bankruptcy of Mexicana, Mexico and it's airlines have been in the news quite a bit recently.  A story that flew more under the radar is the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration (or FAA) recently downgraded Mexico's Air Safety rating. 

What does that mean for airlines and passengers flying in and out of Mexico?

  • US carriers have suspended code sharing with Mexican partners (for example, if you were flying on Aeromexico and had frequent flyer status with Delta, you used to get miles for your Aeromexico flight.  Not anymore.)

  • Additional routes to Mexico will not be added by US carriers.

  • Travel between the two countries will be even more limited due to the Mexicana problem and the decreased routes.

It's important to note that the regulations are based on international air safety standards and not US based standards.

Mexico is currently taking steps to regain its air safety rating, so hopefully this will a temporary setback.

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