American Airlines says that a computer glitch allowed for ALL of their pilots to take vacation over Christmas week. The airline is now trying to entice pilots back to work with 1.5 times their pay.
If American, the largest U.S.carrier, can not get enough pilots to cover, they will be forced to cancel flights, putting a huge Bah Humbug in many holiday plans.
CNBC confirmed a memo sent from the airline to pilots explaining that several of its largest hubs may be without pilots over the holiday week and beyond.
Those airports include Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago’s O’Hare and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
More than 15,000 American flights between December 17-31 do not yet have pilots because of a scheduling malfunction that gave all of its pilots that time off, according to the Allied Pilots Association.
A spokesperson for American Airlines said that the carrier is working diligently to resolve the issue and expects they can avoid cancellations.
It is not clear just how much the scheduling error will cost American, if anything. The news comes on the heels of a newly-released study showing that the airlines are projected to rake in a record $57 billion in passenger fees this year.
Thankfully, Santa pilots his own sleigh.