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by Loren G. Edelstein | August 04, 2010

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that Mexico is not in compliance with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, following an assessment of the country's civil aviation authority. As a result, the FAA downgraded Mexico's airlines from a Category 1 to Category 2 rating, meaning Mexican carriers cannot establish new service to the United States, but they can maintain existing service. Grupo Aeroméxico, the parent of Aeromexico and three other affiliates, issued a statement Monday assuring that "the result of this audit exclusively refers to the Mexican aeronautics authority and does not reflect the level of safety that national airlines maintain." U.S. carriers have discontinued code-share agreements with Mexican carriers, requiring passengers to rebook segments as necessary. Meanwhile, financial woes have forced Mexicana de Aviacion, Mexico's first airline, to cancel several regular flights to the U.S. Updated schedules are online at Mexicana.com.