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An Aeromexico 787-8 landing at London Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Aeromexico Restarts More Flights, Achieves 75% Recovery

Aeromexico announced that for this month it will maintain an increase in its operations from 25 to 39 domestic destinations and will achieve almost 75% recovery in domestic flights compared to September 2019.

In a statement, the airline reported that it will have almost 150 departures per day serving more than 60 destinations in September. In the international market, it will be operating in 22 cities in the U.S., Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

According to Milenio, the Mexican airline made an adjustment to its operations because of the reduction in demand from its customers due to the coronavirus outbreak. After a slow, steady recovery, the carrier announced that at the end of the month it will have operated around 7,600 flights, which represents more than four times the number of operations in May.

Aeromexico Reopens Premier Lounges

Aeromexico reopened on Sept. 5 its Premier Lounge at Mérida International Airport. This is the fourth Premier Lounge reopening after the AICM National Premier Lounge, which was the first to restart service on July 1, then the International Premier Lounge that began on Aug. 14 and finally the Premier Lounges in Guadalajara and Monterrey on Aug. 21.

According to 24horas, the measures the airline is taking to ensure a safe reopening of its lounges include deep and constant sanitation, acrylic protectors, temperature measurement and hand sanitizer dispensers, a contact-free experience upon entry, safety signs, staff with sanitary protection equipment, packaged and sanitized snack service.

An Aeromexico 737-800 departs from LAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Aeromexico Proposes Flight Attendant Layoffs

According to Forbes, Aeromexico is looking to lay off 1,000 flight attendants, over a third of its total of 2,727. The airline is seeking to reduce its labor costs in the middle of its financial restructuring process.

As announced in June, the carrier began a voluntary financial restructuring process under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Law in the U.S., with a goal of strengthening its financial position and implementing the necessary operational adjustments to face the impact of COVID-19.

According to Reforma, this plan includes the adjustment of the number of flight attendant staff, the reduction of their hours and the review of the general conditions of their labor contracts.

In March, Aeromexico executed a rotation system for six months due to the decrease in flights, which necessitated leaving 1,360 flight attendants on the ground for two months without receiving any salary.

Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
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