American Averts Holiday Travel Nightmare, Reaches Agreement with Pilots' Union


Traveling during the holidays can be fraught with problems, and the difficulties this year may be compounded by a vacation scheduling glitch that could leave hundreds of American Airlines flights without pilots.

About American Airlines Group American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of almost 6,700 flights per day to almost 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

The airline negotiated with the pilots' union, and they came to an agreement, so all holiday flights will be covered.

As a result, the union said, "we anticipate that American Airlines will be able to maintain a full December schedule as planned for its passengers". Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL.

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American Airlines announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with its pilots union to avoid the cancellation of thousands of flights this holiday season that were left without cockpit crews due to a scheduling error.

As a response to American's initial solution, the APA filed a formal grievance, however, the association representing over 15,000 aviators has since retracted it.

If an agreement between both parties had not been agreed upon, flights between December 17 and December 31 would have been affected at many airports in American's network including some of its largest hubs such as Dallas/Fort Worth.

"By working together, we can assure customers that among the many stresses of the season, worrying about a canceled flight won't be one of them", Coello said in a statement.