As we reel from one major, catastrophic plane crash en route from Rio to Paris and reflect back on recent ones in the United States, I can’t help but watch this flight dispute in Mexico very, very closely, especially as someone who flies multiple times a year.
Mexico grounded the domestic airline Aviasca on June 2 because it reportedly did not meet basic safety standards. Aviasca appealed and won an injunction to fly again.
The Mexican government then re-grounded it again, claiming that nearly the airline’s entire fleet was unsafe. But yesterday, again, Aviasca resumed its flights after a second suspension by the Communications and Transport Ministry was lifted.
So what’s the deal here? The government says the airline has problems with its inspection system, but the airline says the problems are merely cosmetic. They further accuse the government of trying to screw them over in favor of Mexico’s big airlines. Either way, let’s hope these “superficial” flaws are fixed soon.