Mexicana has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Mexico, suspending a number of flights and positioning the troubled airline to cut labor prices as they attempt to remain competitive.
Mexicana has put most of the blame for its financial crisis on pilot and flight attendant salaries, which the airline says are up to 185% higher than the pay of their counterparts at Mexican airlines like Volaris or Interjet.
The airline has been calling for new contracts that would cut wages for pilots by 41% and impose a 39% wage cut for flight attendants. Mexicana also proposed reducing its overall workforce of pilots and attendants by 40%.
Mexican’s low-cost subsidiaries, Click and Link, will continue to operate without interruption.
I never like to see cuts in wages, but I have little pity for Mexican’s lackluster cabin crews. My trip to Bogota on MX last fall details why I have come to this conclusion.