Thousands of American Airlines flights next month have no pilots

  • Thousands of American Airlines flights next month have no pilots

Thousands of American Airlines flights next month have no pilots

American Airlines pilots appear to be giving up their holidays so travelers' vacations won't be ruined. "As a result, thousands of flights now do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period", the Allied Pilots Association (APA) that represents American's pilots said in a message to members via its website.

American Airlines Group said it has found pilots to staff all but "a few hundred" flights during next month's holiday season, easing concerns of major disruptions a day after a scheduling-system snag raised the possibility that as many as 15,000 would lack aviators.

"The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone", one pilot told CNBC, a news channel. "The computer said, 'Hey ya'll".

Yesterday, it was first revealed that a computer glitch in the system that bids for pilots' time off based on seniority resulted in thousands of pilots erroneously receiving vacation during the week of Christmas.

The airline offered pilots 150 percent of their annual pay to sign up to work on the understaffed flights. It is offering to pay pilots 50% extra to fly during the holiday period and hoping that the incentive will encourage them to cover the shortfall.

That said, spokesperson for the airline Matt Miller has said that the airline expects to avoid any cancellations over the holiday period.

"Today, management issued an update detailing the 'significant holes" in the operation and unilaterally invoked a solution for crewing affected flights. You got it.' I'm watching a Grinch that stole Christmas thing happening. And we don't want to see that happening for our passengers'. "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".