Mexican Pilots Association (ASPA) reports 120 pilots from Mexicana Group have moved to jobs at foreign carriers, predominately in the Middle East and Asia (jornada.unam.mx, 24-Mar-2011). Other pilots are seeking work with Copa Airlines and LAN Chile, according to ASPA. Mexicana Group has reportedly lost around 10% of its pilots.
Mexicana Group loses 120 pilots to foreign carriers
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Latin America’s largest airline group LATAM already launched services from Lima to Salta, a smaller secondary Argentinean city, in Jun-2016. LATAM is planning to add services from Lima to Rosario at the beginning of Jul-2016 and from Lima to Mendoza in early 2017. LATAM is the only group with an affiliate in Argentina but all the new Argentina routes so far are being operated by its Peruvian entity.
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One swallow does not make a spring and nor does a rash of aviation strike news guarantee a turning point for the aviation industry. But the signs are ominous. In the month of Jun-2016 (to 20-Jun-2016), there have been 136 articles on CAPA's website mentioning the word 'strike'. This compares with 81 for the first 20 days of Jun-2015. For 2016 so far (1-Jan-2016 to 20-Jun-2016), the 's' word has occurred in 594 articles – about 20% more than in the same period in each of the past two years. If this rate continues, 2016 could be the biggest year for strike-related articles since before the global financial crisis.
The vast majority of the Jun-2016 articles – 80% – relate to Europe. A significant source is air traffic control disputes, particularly French ATC. There have also been strikes and/or strike threats involving airport workers and ground handlers. Among European airlines, Air France has generated the most coverage for its ongoing dispute with its pilots, and it may also face a cabin crew strike. Lufthansa has not yet faced a strike by its employees this year, but has not yet reached new agreements with pilots or cabin crew after industrial action last year.
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