Aviation Safety Rating/Relocation to the AIFA
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Aviation Safety Rating/Relocation to the AIFA

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 12:45

Aviation Safety Rating’s Recovery.  President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that procedures are being conducted to recover Mexico´s aerospace’ safety rating Category 1. “It is important for this to be done in order to improve safety and prevent corruption. .”

In May 2021, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Mexico’s safety rating to Category 2. Initially, the Mexican aerospace industry expected the FAA to restore Mexico’s Airport Category 1 status in a short time span. However, the country did not recover its rating, thus limiting the growth of the country’s aviation market. Recently, the Association of Aeronautical Engineers (AIA) announced it will aid Mexico’s Federal Agency of Civil Aviation (AFAC) to recover the country’s Category 1 rating. AIA claims to have a bill for civil aviation, which would complement AFAC’s lobbying efforts with the FAA.

Voluntary transfers to the AIFA. President López Obrador announced that Aeroméxico will make its first flight from Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) to the US. “It was their decision. Flights at AIFA have been increasing because the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) is saturated.” 

Mexico City’s newest airport, has transported more passengers than initially forecasted. The airport has catered to over 1 million passengers since its opening in March 2022. In addition, it is estimated that the airport will transport 1.3 million passengers in its first year of operation (March 2022 to March 2023). 

Since May 2022, airlines and cargo agencies have been asked to consider moving their operations to AIFA but industry leaders claim that it would increase their costs and would threaten various business models based on sustainability and budget efficiency. The 2022 positioning strategy for AIFA, introduced by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), reports that AICM could close cargo activities. Concessionaires and permit holders providing air transportation services currently have 56 days to relocate to the AIFA. 

Nahle Law. President López Obrador said that although the Nahle Law was rejected, he does not believe it this limits Energy Minister Rocío Nahl from competing in Veracruz gubernatorial elections.

The Supreme Court of Justice issued a resolution, in which it agreed along with the National Action Party (PAN) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), on the modification of article 11 of the Constitution of Veracruz as unconstitutional. The reform proposed that Mexicans who were not born in the state could be Veracruz citizens if they had children in the state or had been residents for more than five years. Nahle proposed this constitutional change in order to be able to run for state governor despite being from Zacatecas, nevertheless having a daughter born in Veracruz. 

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