Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

American Airlines glitch causes pilot shortage on thousands of flights over holidays

American Airlines glitch causes pilot shortage on thousands of flights over holidays

A computer glitch with American Airlines' pilot scheduling system could strand thousands of travelers over the upcoming holiday travel rush.

Well, a glitch in the system American Airlines uses to schedule time off for pilots could cause some major issues for DJs during the holidays.

"In addition", airline spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said, "we have more reserve pilots on hand in December than normal months, and they provide us with the ability to fly numerous trips that are now uncovered".

However, the APA has already filed a grievance about that idea, saying the company's proposed solution violates its contract because American "unilaterally invoked a solution for crewing affected flights".

Update: 12:04 p.m. EST: American Airlines has announced that a "few hundred" of the 200,000 flights in December now do not have pilots assigned, CNBC reported.

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According to Gregg Overman, the communications director for the Allied Pilots Association, there are 15,000 American Airlines flights that are not fully crewed under the current schedule between December 17 and December 31.

American declined to confirm the number of flights initially affected, but spokesman Miller said the company was doing everything it could to get the staffing situation resolved.

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) said it was told about the problem last week, with one spokesman saying: "It's a really freakish situation".

Early APA represents the 15,000 pilots with American Airlines.

The Allied Pilots Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The airline is now offering 150 percent of hourly wages for pilots willing to work those dates, an airline spokesperson told CNBC. but that's not exactly an eye-popping compensation increase in the face of what is a pretty darn messy snafu. CBS News says a computer glitch is to blame.

"We expect to be able to avoid any cancellations".

"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening", a spokesman told Reuters.

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

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