Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’
Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has pledged it will work with the United States to restore its category rating after the Federal Aviation Administration said the country “does not comply” with international safety standards.
- Read: Costa Rica ‘does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards,’ FAA says
The United States’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday downgraded Costa Rica from Category 1 to Category 2, meaning Costa Rica-based airlines “will not be allowed to establish new service to the United States.”
The demotion does not impact U.S.-based carriers or airlines from other countries from operating flights to and from Costa Rica, meaning the immediate impact is to Costa Rica’s reputation rather than having a direct effect on the tourism industry.
In a statement it released Tuesday afternoon, DGAC said it “guarantees that the aeronautical operations in the country are and will continue to be safe.”
Guillermo Hoppe, DGAC’s director, said Costa Rica’s aviation authorities have been working on a “corrective action plan” in conjunction with the FAA to “guarantee the elimination of the discrepancies noted.”
The FAA conducted an in-country evaluation of Costa Rica in October 2018 and said it discussed the results with Costa Rican officials in February.
“After learning of the measure, DGAC immediately resumed work that had been ongoing since last October with United States authorities to recover the [Category 1] classification,” DGAC’s statement read.
Hoppe said that implementing changes recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the FAA “requires complying with the process established by the country’s legislation, which limits their immediate application.”
“This causes a delay in acceptance, publication and implementation of those amendments,” Hoppe said.
In the meantime, DGAC said all ICAO regulations will be respected and Costa Rica will work to recover its Category 1 rating “as soon as possible.”
You may be interested
Biden nominates Dr. Cynthia Telles as U.S. Ambassador to Costa RicaAlejandro Zúñiga - June 17, 2021
President Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles for the position of U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Costa…
Citing efficacy concerns, Costa Rica turns down Sinovac vaccinesAFP and The Tico Times - June 17, 2021
Costa Rica declined to purchase Covid-19 vaccines from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, citing that they are less than 60% effective…
Costa Rica the latest Latin American country facing corruption scandalDavid GOLDBERG / AFP - June 16, 2021
A large corruption investigation in Costa Rica, involving a presidential adviser and executives of construction firms, places the country onto…