Airline er­ror leaves thou­sands of hol­i­day flights without pi­lots

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - BUSINESS - — NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SER­VICE

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 Wed­nes­day.

Amer­i­can was scram­bling to fill the sched­ul­ing hole by of­fer­ing pi­lots 1.5 times their nor­mal pay, said Gregg Over­man, a spokesman for the Al­lied Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion. But the union, which rep­re­sents more than 15,000 pi­lots, filed a griev­ance, say­ing that the premium pay was not cov­ered by its con­tract and that the airline couldn’t guar­an­tee pay­ment.

It was not yet clear Wed­nes­day whether any flights would be can­celed or de­layed. Over­man said about 15,000 flights from Dec. 17 to the end of the year were af­fected.

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