LatinNews Daily - 01 March 2023

In brief: Mutual recriminations over Mexico flight disruption

* Mexican airline holding company Grupo Aeroméxico and the umbrella pilots’ union Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores de México (ASPA) have blamed each other for delays and cancellations of flights which have occurred in recent days, with over 50 flights affected according to local press reports. A communiqué by Aeroméxico accuses the ASPA leadership of promoting a “policy of zero support in the face of disruptions which are common in global aviation” – disruptions which it attributes to factors like “bad weather, saturation of air traffic, diversions due to ill passengers”. However, a statement released yesterday by ASPA says that the cancellations and delays are “not the pilots’ responsibility”, blaming instead the “erroneous operational structure implemented by the administration” and poor planning of pilots’ working days. It complains of conditions faced by pilots who it says are “forced to accept flight days of up to 14 or 15 hours continuously, or modify time off in line with flight programming, to mention a few examples”.

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