MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Greater than 70 Grupo Aeromexico pilots have examined optimistic for the coronavirus throughout a surge of infections from the Omicron variant, resulting in 22 canceled flights, a union that represents pilots of the Mexican airline stated.
Jose Suarez, press secretary for pilots’ affiliation ASPA, informed tv station Milenio the circumstances triggered a “domino impact,” forcing Aeromexico to isolate complete crews to forestall the virus from spreading.
ASPA Secretary Normal Jose Gual informed the identical TV station that the pilots who examined optimistic made up 5% of Aeromexico pilots represented by ASPA.
He added the cancellations represented 5% of Aeromexico’s operations and affected planes heading to the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Cancun and Monterrey, plus a world flight.
Amongst Aeromexico’s flight attendants, 140 had examined optimistic, in accordance with an announcement on Thursday by the Commerce Union Affiliation of Aviation Flight Attendants of Mexico (ASSA).
An extra 65 of the corporate’s flight attendants had been suspended for not having the legitimate journey paperwork, ASSA stated.
The absent employees characterize 10.3% of the airline’s employees, the assertion added.
“We’re seeing a fairly extreme wave of infections,” ASPA’s Gual stated. He attributed the leap to the extremely contagious Omicron variant that has brought about airways world wide right here to cancel lots of of flights throughout the busy winter journey season.
Aeromexico stated the brand new unfold of COVID-19 had affected “some flights,” with out offering particulars.
“The security of our prospects and collaborators is and can at all times be the primary precedence,” Aeromexico stated in an announcement.
The corporate didn’t reply to questions on COVID-19 circumstances amongst its pilots and crew members, or about precisely what number of flights had been canceled.
Mexico is prone to surpass 300,000 deaths right here from COVID-19 this week as infections rise after the vacation season, fueled by Omicron and largely unrestricted tourism to Mexico Metropolis and seashore locations Cancun and Los Cabos.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Kylie Madry and Valentine Hilaire; Enhancing by Richard Chang and Grant McCool