The US Federal Aviation Administration has decided to restore Mexico's top safety category earlier that expected. All Mexican carriers can resume their plans for establishing new services to the United States or code sharing with their strategic partners. Moreover, a new group of investors and an agreement with trade unions have improved the chances of troubled airline Mexicana resuming operations.
The government faces one of the most challenging periods in the history of Mexican civil aviation. The Mexicana de Aviación debt reorganisation procedure and the downgrading of the Mexican General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics by the US Federal Aviation Administration have forced a reconsideration of the country's civil aviation policy. How can the authorities address the problems and strengthen the industry?
In 2007 Mexico and the United States signed a bilateral aviation safety agreement, allowing for the mutual acknowledgment of certification standards set by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the Mexican Civil Aeronautical General Directorate. As a result, certification procedures have improved for the wide range of aeronautical product components that are now produced in Mexico.
The Ministry of Communications and Transport has signed an agreement with the aviation authorities of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to facilitate air transport services. The agreement will allow Mexican carriers to operate between a wider range of destinations and is intended to encourage tourism within the region.
An amendment to the regulations on the instruments, equipment, documents and manuals that an air carrier operating domestically or internationally into Mexico must keep onboard its aircraft postpones the requirement to carry dual-frequency Emergency Locator Transmitter equipment until mid-2008.