The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday that it had reduced Mexico’s air safety rating, preventing Mexican carriers from extending service to the United States.
The ruling creates a fresh difficulty for both American and Mexican carriers that have been flying from the United States to Mexico, which were popular routes during the epidemic since Mexico did not impose travel restrictions like many other nations did.
Mexican carriers will be able to continue current service under the new rating, but they will not be able to add new service or routes. Codesharing means that U.S. carriers cannot sell tickets operated by Mexican airlines with the name of a U.S. airline on them.
“The FAA will increase its scrutiny of Mexican airline flights to the United States,” the agency said.
Delta Air Lines, which has a code-sharing arrangement with Aeromexico, stated that its service to Mexico is operational.
“For customers who have booked a flight with Delta that is operated by Aeromexico , Delta may reissue their reservation onto the corresponding Aeromexico-operated flight,” the Atlanta-based airline said in a statement. “Delta apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and will continue to coordinate with Aeromexico to minimize any disruptions.”