Thousands of American Airlines' flights over the Christmas period have no pilots assigned to them after a computer glitch gave time off to too many cockpit crew.
"We are working through this to make sure we take care of our pilots and get our customers where they need to go over the holiday", American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said on Wednesday.
According to CNBC, the Allied Pilots Association union says it was notified by American Airlines on Friday that there was a problem with the schedule bidding system for pilots. The union wants input with American to find a solution that will motivate pilots to give up vacation they've already been granted after years of working over the holidays, according to Dennis Tajer, an APA spokesman.
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"As a result, thousands of flights now do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period", the pilot's union, called the Allied Pilot's Association, said in a statement.
The company is offering pilots one-and-a-half times their usual hourly wage to come to work in order to meet the high travel demands.
However, the union has filed a grievance against the airline, stating this violates pilot contracts.
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As of early on Wednesday, the union said management had still not reached out to discuss how best to resolve the shortage. The reported holiday period of flights without pilots next month is five days longer.
"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening".
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