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U.S. FAA Raises Mexico Air-Safety Rating After Audit (Upgrade1)

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration raised Mexico’s air-safety rating, restoring the top grade after a shortage of flight inspectors led to a cut in July.

The revision was made after a November audit of Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the agency said today in an e-mailed statement. The upgrade means that Mexican carriers will no longer be barred from adding routes to the U.S.

“Mexico has made significant progress,” the U.S. agency said in a statement. “The FAA will continue to provide technical assistance to support and maintain the changes the civil aviation authority has made.”

Mexico Transportation Undersecretary Humberto Trevino had said when the downgrade was announced that his government was training more inspectors to restore the higher rating. The Communications and Transportation Ministry employed 14 flight inspectors and was training an additional 20.

Mexican airlines flew 4.93 million passengers to and from the U.S. last year, according to government statistics. Two-thirds of those fliers were on closely held Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion, Mexico’s largest airline by passengers.

To contact the reporters on this story: John Hughes in Washington at jhughes5@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernie Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net.

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