The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that Mexico has failed to meet international air standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The FAA, following an assessment, has downgraded Mexico's civil aviation authority from a Category 1 to a Category 2 rating, as part of the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme.
Category 2 denotes a country that lacks the necessary regulations to effectively manage air carriers in accordance with ICAO standards.
Following the downgrade, Mexican air carriers will not be able to establish any new service to the US, although they will be allowed to maintain existing services.
An IASA Category 1 rating means the country’s civil aviation authority fully complies with ICAO standards.