Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

Spokesman Matt Miller said the airline's employees are, "working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season".

According to Bloomberg, the airline is offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly wage to cover the impacted flights.

The problem reportedly affects flights originating from Dallas Fort Worth International and other airports in Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a statement, the Allied Pilots Association warned that American Airlines' existing solution had been "unilaterally" decided on by the company without consultation with the union - and there was nothing the union could do to "guarantee" that pilots would be paid extra for flying the emergency flights.

The airline was seeking late-December pilot staffing at a number of its hubs, according to a scheduling memo sent by American to its pilots in the wake of the glitch. While the airline was quick to take action, offering pilots up to 150% of their hourly rate, the pilot's association remains frustrated with the lack of collaboration given the hard circumstances. As of this writing, more than 15,000 flights have no pilots, and travelers may face delayed or cancelled flights as the airline scrambles to schedule pilots to fly planes again. "We have not canceled any scheduled flights in December and will continue to work to ensure both our pilots and our customers are cared for". Jalopnik has also asked American Airlines for comment on the grievance's claims of it being in violation of the contract.

"It's a really freaky situation", a union spokesman said.

The Allied Pilots Association, which represents commercial pilots, said it had not yet heard from American Airlines management about solving the issue. "This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they've gone solo", he said.

A bug in American Airlines' pilot scheduling software has left the USA airline dramatically understaffed for the coming month, particularly around Christmas week.

"We're gonna have to get creative", said Tajer.

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