If your holiday travel plans include flying on American Airlines, you’d be well-advised to make sure your flight is going to have a pilot.
A scheduling glitch that allowed American Airlines pilots to take vacation at the same time has left thousands of flights during the busy holiday travel period next month without pilots assigned to them.
American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, is now offering pilots 150 percent of hourly pay to work those dates, an airline spokesman said.
The scheduling problem has left flights from some of American Airlines’ biggest hubs without pilots including Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago’s O’Hare and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, without pilots, according to a memo from the airline to pilots, which was seen by CNBC.
The union estimates some 15,000 flights next month don’t have pilots assigned to fly them.
Pilots loaded up their schedules with flights in early December but many opted to take days off around the holidays, after the system allowed it.
If I go anywhere, I’m driving.