Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Your American Airlines holiday flight is still on

Your American Airlines holiday flight is still on

The airline wasn't able to explain exactly what happened, but it offered pilots fifty percent more than they usually get paid to pick up the empty shifts.

The Allied Pilots Association, a union for American's pilots, estimated Wednesday that 15,000 flights from December 17 through December 31 lacked sufficient crew.

Thousands of American Airlines flights over the holiday season are in danger of cancellation because an error in the company's internal scheduling system gave too many pilots time off, its union said on Wednesday.

News of the scheduling glitch had caused some passengers to worry that their holiday flights could be canceled for lack of pilots.

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American spent the past week giving updates about ongoing successes filling flights, and on Thursday it said most flights had already been staffed. "Much appreciation to APA President Capt. Dan Carey and our 15,000 professional aviators who are doing their part to cover the holiday schedule and beyond", the company added.

The pilots' union said it withdrew the grievance after meeting with senior American Airlines' management on Friday. "As always, when there's a need, the American Airlines team comes together to take care of each other and our customers".

Based on a company memo sent to Bloomberg, it seems that flights now without a captain, first officer, or both, are based out of American Airlines' largest hub, Dallas-Forth Worth International, along with Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte.

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