By KELIN DILLON
After Mexico’s air travel was downgraded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from a category one to category two, which posed significant threats to the country’s income from tourism, the nation has reportedly continued as before with its less-than-ideal practices instead of fixing the issues that caused the re-rank in the first place, resulting in even more problems in Mexico’s air travel sector.
During its review, the FAA found a total of 28 deficiencies in Mexico’s security, training, verification procedures and staff salaries, which the country’s Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) then said in turn it would fix within four months.
However, personnel of the AFAC have reported a step back in following regulations and other responsibilities since, saying that required training and salary raises have not yet taken place, and instead many staff had been fired and replaced by the military in their wake.
Just on Wednesday, July 21, alone, the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) had 165 flight delays in one day alone due to lack of communication between control towers and pilots. While Mexico blamed the issue on the FAA’s internet provider, sources on the U.S. side indicated the problems were a direct result of failures on the Mexican side of things.