Pilot Union Says Not Labor Issues Involved -- This Time
Northwest Airlines just
can't seem to catch a break. After the month of June saw the
cancellation of at least 1,000 flights, that dark cloud seems to
have descended again.
By 8:30 am Friday, NWA had cancelled seven of 18 scheduled
flights from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. System wide, 22 of
231 scheduled departures were cancelled or 9.5 percent, according
to the Detroit News.
The Detroit cancellations are probably due to a storm, according
to an NWA pilot's union spokesperson, and not because of any labor
As ANN reported, flight
cancellations at NWA far exceed those of other major US airlines,
according to CNNMoney. In just one day in June, the carrier
cancelled 173 flights -- that's about 12 percent of its total 1,148
scheduled flights for that day.
That compares to an average of only 2.1 percent of overall
cancellations at the other major airlines, including American
Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines,
US Airways, Southwest Airlines, and JetBlue.
The Air Line Pilots Association says the problem is due to
management changing work rules that push pilots past reasonable
limits and delays that eat into FAA-mandated allowed flight hours
thus causing a pilot shortage.
Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson Monty Montgomery, who
is also a Northwest pilot, told the Detroit News the heavy storms
that came through Detroit Thursday afternoon likely caused the
The carrier said in June plans were in the works to fix the
problem, like making sure flights are cancelled far enough in
advance to facilitate appropriate rebooking and tightening up its
flight capacity and ensuring crew shortages didn't disrupt
More than 30,000 homes in Metro Detroit were still without power
Monday morning as a result of those storms.
NWA said it is attempting to rebook affected passengers on other