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Mexico Implements Passenger Information Mandate for All Flights Starting Dec. 31

Dec. 24, 2013

When Mexico’s new Advance Passenger Information (API) requirement for arriving and departing flights launches on Dec. 31, it will be applicable to all flights, including FAR Part 135 and Part 91 operations, as well as commercial operations.

ARINC, Inc., chosen by Mexico to be its provider of the transmitted passenger and flight data under the plan, said it will be ready and urges business operators to be sure they are, too.

"As an ARINC Direct customer, access to the API portal and manifest submission is included as part of your subscription. To provide you access to the portal we will be adding a link on the API tab in your ARINC Direct account. The link will be available prior to Dec. 31, 2013,” the company said in a bulletin issued to its clients.

The new law puts administration of Mexico's API under the authority of the National Immigration Institute, and the policy covers both aviation and maritime vessels. Reporting must be done electronically after doors have closed for flights departing for Mexico lasting less than an hour, and 30 minutes before departure for longer flights.

"Mexico is taking a particularly aggressive approach to the new API policy, with fines for non-compliance established at $5,000 per flight,” said Peter Korns of NBAA’s Operations Service Group. “Operators should note that Mexican authorities are prepared to strictly enforce this new mandate as of Dec. 31.”

In announcing its selection to handle Mexico's API processing, ARINC explained that API is driven primarily by security efforts and a desire for enhanced accounting for tariffs paid by inbound, outbound and transit passengers.

Shaun Edwards, ARINC's director of e-government solutions, noted there are now 25 governments that have contracted with ARINC for API solutions, and facilities will be in place for Mexico's new requirement by the deadline, including accommodations for operators currently using other providers (or no provider).

"The most important thing for business aviation [operators flying to Mexico] right now is to be aware that this [requirement] is out there, and it impacts pilots both inside and outside Mexico,” he said.

Operators are urged to work with their international handler and/or chosen communications provider to ensure proper and timely transmission of required API data.

For more information, contact NBAA’s Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or [email protected].