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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has raised concerns about the safety systems in Mexico’s aviation sector and warned that the country’s aviation safety category may be downgraded from 1 to 2. The ICAO has given Mexico 90 days to resolve the identified problems before issuing a report on the deficiencies. The deadline for fixing these problems is July 8th, and experts believe that the ICAO verdict will be crucial in maintaining the Category 1 status. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will also be influenced by the ICAO’s decision and may apply a downgrade if necessary.
 
Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications, and Transportation stated that they have been implementing a radio aid verification program and have achieved 95% progress throughout the country. Without the Category 1 status, Mexico cannot open new commercial routes, particularly to the United States. The potential downgrading by the FAA would make Mexico the first country to be downgraded so quickly since it regained Category 1 in September 2023 after two years in Category 2.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that 40 airlines have signed an agreement to share schedule data through its Schedules Data Exchange Program. Another 40 airlines are preparing to join the program. The objective of the program is not to replace or compete with existing entities that distribute schedule data, but to expand access on a “give to receive” basis. The program will collect schedule, capacity, and minimum connection time (MCT) data for various IATA products and services that support network development, revenue management, slot coordination, and interline agreements. Participating airlines will have access to the data, and the program is open to both IATA member and non-member airlines. 

Data will be sent to IATA in the same format, frequency, and method of transmission that airlines currently use. The program’s data exchange principles and data release policy are determined by an advisory group composed of participating carriers. IATA aims to be the industry’s authoritative source of data on various topics.

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Latin American airlines experienced a 14.5% increase in passenger transport in April. However, the president of Comce Occidente, Miguel Angel Landeros, has raised concerns about the lack of capacity and competence of customs personnel in Mexico’s ports and airports. He revealed that two Air France planes had to return to Europe empty due to the inefficiency of the Armed Forces personnel responsible for clearing goods at the customs. This issue affects not only the Felipe Angeles International Airport but also other customs across the country, including the port of Manzanillo. 

Landeros emphasized that this lack of experience and criteria in customs operations causes delays and significant losses for importers and exporters. He called for a change in the government’s public policies to improve the operation of customs and increase competitiveness. Additionally, Landeros highlighted the need for better port infrastructure to expedite the dispatch of goods, especially with the growing international trade with Asian countries like Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam.

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The Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) in Mexico is facing challenges in delivering certificates to operate aircraft due to a lack of resources. The agency has been performing poorly in recent years and has not been able to efficiently address its mistakes. Audits conducted by the Ministry of Public Administration reveal structural problems within the authority, including a shortage of human resources and an insufficient budget. One audit specifically highlights the AFAC’s failure to properly grant Air Service Operator Certificates (AOC), which verify a company’s compliance with necessary requirements.
 
The AFAC does not have a system in place to control and register applications for AOC certificates, leading to discrepancies in the number of applications received and attended to. In addition, only one AOC certificate was granted in the first half of 2022, and the AFAC did not provide reasons for rejecting the remaining 627 applications. The militarization of the AFAC and the lack of budget have further exacerbated the issues, with retired military personnel now in leadership positions. The agency’s budget has fluctuated, and there have been calls for increased funding to ensure efficient operation and coverage of surveillance programs. The government is also considering disincorporating aviation agencies such as the AFAC.

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has expressed concerns about aviation safety in Mexico and included the country on a ‘blacklist’ along with other countries. The concerns specifically focus on the lack of updated flight inspections of radio aids, which are used to navigate aircraft and establish precise approaches. Captain Francisco Gómez Ortigoza, a representative of the Mexican College of Aviator Pilots, says that the aids to navigation in Mexico work efficiently, but the authority has not certified their correct functioning. This issue could affect the attractiveness of flying in Mexico and decrease the country’s air connectivity.

 The situation has raised concerns about maintaining Mexico’s Category 1 air safety status, which allows Mexican airlines to expand their route offerings in the United States. The lack of response from the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (FAA) and the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico further add to the uncertainty. The warning from ICAO highlights the need for Mexico to address these safety concerns and meet international standards.
 
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) believes that governments should regain control of their borders and not burden airlines with the responsibility of border control. IATA emphasizes the importance of facilitation processes in air transport and calls for true modernization rather than just digitalizing manual processes. Airlines are currently responsible for processing and verifying hundreds of thousands of documents, which can be costly if there are errors that lead to passenger denial upon arrival. 

Harmonizing requirements across jurisdictions is crucial for improving the customer experience, and IATA lobbies governments to comply with international obligations and follow the framework provided by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The lack of standardization in areas such as e-visas and data sharing poses challenges for airlines. IATA suggests that a combination of technology and standards can solve the harmonization problem, but emphasizes that governments should take back the security of their borders. IATA’s One ID, which involves sharing biometric information in advance, is presented as a solution that enhances the travel experience and addresses congestion and staffing issues.

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