Mexico-US bilateral air agreement may enter into force in 2016

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

On November 21, 2014 the Bilateral Agreement on aviation between Mexico and the United States was first presented. There are high hopes of it benefitting both countries.

Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) issued a statement in which they announced that a Bilateral Agreement has been reached between the two nations in air travel. However, the agency also claims that is still being formalized, as they still need the Executive branch’s approval.

Acuerdo Aereo"Airplanes at sunrise" by Pessimist - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The currently proposed agreement preserves the terms agreed upon in November 2014 and is supported by various agencies. It is currently being reviewed the Legal Department of the Presidency, which will be responsible for establishing the protocol and timeframe of the agreement’s signing. It will then be sent to the Senate.

The purpose of the agreement is to allow any airline, be it Mexican or American, to carry out flights between cities of these two countries (1st and 2nd Freedoms of the Air). It further ensures that the 5fth Freedom of the Air be guaranteed, in the event of a flight between either country pick up passengers to continue to a third country. It is important to mention that if necessary, the aeronautical authorities may agree to more freedoms in the future.

The head of the SCT’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA), Gilberto Lopez Meyer, stated, quoted by the Economist, that the agreement is expected to enter force on January 1 and both parties will do all they can to meet that date. However first all requirements must be met by both parties.

A statement made by the SCT indicated that "there is no open skies policy change in this area."

The bilateral agreement seeks to increase alternatives of users and expand the growth potential of both countries’ national aviation sectors. Both countries are interested in having their industries open to competition, while Mexico is interested in developing a stronger national airline industry, as it ensures the security and quality of service on its flights and increases regional connectivity.

According to Lopez Meyer, this agreement will allow Mexican airlines that today cannot enter the United States to do so as.

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