New Air Freedoms for Mexico and the U.S.
The U.S. and Mexican governments have taken steps in the opposite direction. The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) implemented BASA, aiming to increase the number of passengers traveling between the countries. After two years of negotiations, both countries signed the agreement in December 2015. By Aug. 21, 2016, the new BASA was in place, allowing commercial and cargo airlines to freely operate across the two borders. The agreement’s main objective is to expand existing air freedoms and hence the number of travelers. For José Garza, CEO of Interjet, BASA allows Mexican airlines to make their way into new markets.