Thousands of American Airlines flights left without pilots in December now mostly staffed

Stephan Savoia

FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2011, file photo, an American Eagle jet taxis at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The Transportation Department announced Monday, Nov. 14, that they are fining the regional affiliate of American Airlines $900,000 for keeping passengers cooped up on planes for over three hours in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport earlier this year. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

American Airlines said Thursday it fixed a glaring issue that originally left thousands of flights without pilots, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Now, “only a few hundred” flights remain without a pilot. American has yet to cancel any flights, the Morning News reported.

The Allied Pilots Association, which represents employees for American Airlines, said Wednesday that a scheduling error from the airline had affected more than 15,000 flights from Dec. 17 to 31, according to Reuters.

A computer glitch allowed all American Airlines pilots to take vacation for the week of Christmas, leaving thousands of flights without a pilot.

“Basically there’s a crisis at American for manning the cockpits,” Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, told Reuters.

American Airlines flies out of Salt Lake City International.

“I heard about the glitch, but haven’t heard that is impacting Salt Lake City,” said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for the airport.

The union told the airline about the problem last Friday, CNBC reported.

“It’s a really bizarre situation,” a union spokesman told CNBC.

American spokesman Matt Miller told the Dallas Morning News that the company planned to fix the issue on Wednesday.

The company said it planned to offer employees 150 percent of a pilot’s hourly wage to work those holidays, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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