Sched­ule gl­itch leaves hol­i­day pilot short­age

The Washington Post - - ECONOMY & BUSINESS -

Amer­i­can Air­lines is scram­bling to find pi­lots to op­er­ate thou­sands of flights over the busy hol­i­day pe­riod af­ter a gl­itch in the sys­tem the air­line uses to sched­ule crews.

A spokesman said Wed­nes­day that Amer­i­can will pay over­time and use re­serve pi­lots to avoid can­cel­ing flights. The pi­lots union said about 15,000 flights were sched­uled with­out a cap­tain, a co-pilot or both.

Amer­i­can has about 15,000 ac­tive pi­lots and ex­pects to op­er­ate more than 200,000 flights in De­cem­ber.

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