Aeromexico Strike held by New Offer

Mexican carrier Aeromexico hopes to head off a threatened strike by its flight attendants this weekend after coming up with a new pay and benefits offer.

The proposed eleventh hour deal would give the attendants a 5.5 percent salary raise and an improved benefits package. The cabin crews called for the strike in pursuit of a 20 percent pay hike, but later trimmed its demands to 8.5 percent.

In a statement, the airline said it hoped the offer and its recent negotiations with union leaders would lead to agreement over a new contract before June 1.

The company said the proposed increase “preserves the financial viability of Aeromexico at a time in which the aviation sector, both nationally and internationally, is facing a drastic situation in demand, rising costs and decreased fares.”

Aeromexico, based in Mexico City, flies extensive domestic routes and international services to the US, Europe and South America. It is a member of the Skyteam alliance.