FAA Says Mexico's Air Safety Reason for Concern

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded Mexico's aviation safety rating due to concerns about the country's oversight.

The action does not stop flights between the U.S. and Mexico, but does bar expansion of service in the U.S. by Mexican airlines Including AeroMexico and Mexicana.

It also means the Mexican carriers cannot carry passengers to or from the U.S. as part of code-sharing agreements. Delta Air Lines has a code share arrangement with AeroMexico and American Airlines with Mexicana.

Delta issued a statement saying it would remove its code from AeroMexico flights, about 140 daily flights in total. "Our customers are still permitted to travel on AeroMexico, but must be rebooked with an AeroMexico flight number to do so," spokesman Kent Landers says.

Delta says it will work with affected codeshare passengers to minimize impact on their travel plans. Travelers will still get their frequent flyer miles.

Meanwhile, BreakingTravelNews.com reports financially struggling Mexicana has been forced to cancel a number of international routes due to financial woes, including suspending four daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Mexico until at least September.

The flights were to destinations including Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Guadalajara. Passengers will be rebooked on other Mexicana flights or with other airlines.

Mexicana had operated about 15 daily departures from LAX, carrying about 1.3 million passengers annually, according to the website.

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting Mexicana says it has filed for bankruptcy "to restructure its cost and insure the viability of the company."

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