The US government on Tuesday downgraded Mexico’s aviation safety rating, a US government official said.

The United States government on Tuesday downgraded Mexico’s aviation safety rating, an action barring Mexican carriers from adding new US flights and limiting airlines’ ability to carry out marketing agreements, a US government official said.

Plans for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgrade were first reported on Friday by Reuters news agency.

The FAA has held lengthy talks with Mexican aviation regulators about its concerns. An official US announcement was expected later on Tuesday.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that US authorities should not downgrade Mexico’s air safety designation, arguing that his country is complying with all the relevant norms.

“We have been complying with all the

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