Labor strife threatens American Airlines schedule

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm •  Published: September 20, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — With American Airlines canceling dozens of flights every day, passengers with fall travel plans are confronting an inconvenient question: Should they avoid the nation's third-largest carrier because labor strife might cause delays and cancelations?

Several prominent travel gurus say it's too early to "book away" from American. They say the number of canceled flights is still small and that the Fort Worth-based airline can find room on other planes for displaced passengers.

But the airline expects to cancel up to 2 percent of its total flights through the end of October because of a dispute with pilots.

American executives believe pilots are calling in sick to punish American for imposing tough cost-cutting measures as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. The pilots' union insists pilots are reporting to work as usual.

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