Aerolitoral Strike Ends with New Pilot Deal

 - January 9, 2008, 4:37 AM

The 255 pilots flying for Mexican regional airline Aerolitoral ended a two-day strike on December 2 after agreeing to a 5.5-percent salary increase. Although the settlement appeared to differ little from a rejected offer that included a 0.3-percent benefits improvement, government intervention and promises of further unidentified perks helped parent company Cintra convince the striking pilots to return to work. Based at Monterrey Airport in the northern Mexican city of Apodaca, Aerolitoral flies a fleet of Saab 340s and Fairchild Metros to 33 Mexican destinations and six Southeastern U.S. cities under a code-share deal with AeroMexico. Government-controlled Cintra, which also owns AeroMexico and Mexicana, hopes to privatize all three airlines this year.