US decision on Mexico’s air safety rating regardless of politics – Buttigieg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador last week that any decision to restore the country’s aviation safety rating would not be based on politics.

“The note, as I emphasized to the President, is a security decision. It is independent of any economic, commercial or political consideration, but I assured him that there would be no unnecessary or inappropriate delay in processing that,” Buttigieg told Reuters on the sidelines. of an event in Washington. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Mexico to Category 2 in May 2021, citing safety deficiencies and limiting the ability of Mexican airlines to open new routes to the United States.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)

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