U.S. downgrades Mexico air safety rating, offers assistance

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By David Shepardson, Tracy Rucinski and Noe Torres WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -The United States on Tuesday downgraded Mexico’s aviation safety rating, an action that bars Mexican carriers from adding new U.S. flights and limits the ability of airlines to carry out marketing agreements with one another. Over the objections of the Mexican government, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced the downgrade and said it would increase scrutiny of Mexican airline flights to the United States. The U.S. air regulator added it is “fully committed to helping the Mexican aviation authorit…

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