‘Crisis’ Looms as American Airlines Gives Way Too Many Pilots Christmas Off

American Airlines is rushing to resolve a scheduling fault that gave time off to too many pilots in December, a flaw that has left more than 15,000 flights without sufficient crew during the holiday rush, according to a union for the carrier’s pilots.

The Allied Pilots Association estimated the number of affected flights, from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31, based on information provided by the carrier, said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union.

“This is certainly not routine,” Tajer says. “This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they’ve gone solo.”

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