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Covid-chaos continues in Cancun, Mexico City airports due to infected airline pilots and attendants

Cancun, Mexico City, Mexico — The Mexico City International Airport (AICM) registered the suspension of 235 flights from January 5 to 9, according to cut-off at noon on Sunday. The number of flights canceled by crews infected with covid-19 continues to rise.

Of the total number of flights not operating due to lack of pilots and flight attendants, 210 are from Aeroméxico, the airport said. Volaris also had to suspend a flight for the same reasons, the AICM noted.

The capital’s airport has been in chaos due to the lack of crews to operate. Since last week, passengers have expressed their frustration over the cancellations of flights from the capital’s airport. The Aviators’ Union Association indicated on Friday, that the number of infected pilots were expected to rise.

In Cancun, at least a dozen national and international flights were affected by the covid-chaos. Flights with Aeroméxico, Volaris, Viva Aerobus, West Jet, Sunwing, Alaska, Southwest and United were canceled Saturday at the Cancun International Airport.

On air terminal information screens, cancellations included flights to Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, Toronto, Montreal, Houston, Portland, Newark and Halifax, among others.

Aeromexico reported six canceled flights to Mexico City, Volaris canceled flight 123 to San Luis Potosí, and Viva Aerobus, flight 2134 to Guadalajara.

There were also numerous delays to international destinations such as Amsterdam, Calgary, Orlando, Manchester and Medellin, among others, as well as national destinations including Aguascalientes, Bajío, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Mexicali, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Torreón, Tuxtla, Veracruz, Villahermosa.