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Delta pilot picketing in a surge of flight cancellations

Hundreds of off-duty Delta pilots request salary increases and airlines reschedule this week I am planning. To reduce flight interruptions. 

The Airlines Pilot Association said in a statement on Mondayabout 14,000 despite airlines canceling thousands of flights and offending customers. Said that some members are working long hours. 

"Pilotes share passenger frustration in the event of delays or cancellations," said Jason Ambrosie, a union officer and Delta pilot, in a statement. "As a long-term stakeholder in our airline, it's a bad business to see our operations unreliable and endanger the Delta brand." 

"A perfect storm is happening. Demand is back and pilots are flying record amounts of overtime, but customers are still stuck. I'm seeing him spending his vacation and the plan has been ruined, "he added.

Pilots played a major role in helping Delta recover the economic losses from the coronavirus pandemic. But their wages haven't changed since 2016. Said. Labor groups are also calling for improved severance benefits and employment protection.

Workers' protests don't affect service, Delta says

Delta's spokesman said with the company after two years of negotiations were suspended during the pandemic. The pilot said he had begun contract negotiations earlier this year. A spokeswoman said the pilot would picket on days when he wasn't going to work, not a strike. 

"This information provided by some off-duty pilots does not disrupt your business," Delta said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch. "Our goal is to continue to provide Delta pilots with industry-leading holistic contracts with the highest compensation based on salaries, retirement, work rules and profit sharing," according to the union. Pilot protests are scheduled at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Salt Lake City on Thursday, just before the busy July 4th holiday. 

According to estimates from AAA , more than 3.5 million Americans are expected to fly on holiday weekends. According to AutoClub, the percentage of people planning to fly on the holidays of July 4th since 2011 is the lowest. According to the

tracking service FlightAware, cancellations continued this weekend as airlines dropped more than 850 flights on Sunday. As of noon EST on Monday, another 750 flights were canceled and more than 1,700 were delayed.

According to CBS Evening News, Delta canceled more flights between June 16th and June 20th than last summer. The airline has mainly blamed the travel turmoil this year due to bad weather and a shortage of pilots, flight crew and other personnel. Carriers also point out the lack of staff at theFederal Aviation Administration.

 The FAA admits that there is a shortage of personnel, especially at major air traffic control centers in Florida.

CBS News Senior Travel AdvisorPeter Greenberg staffed airlines across departments to improve service and reduce disruption Said you need to. 

Extensive flight cancellations have even trapped US Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigeg. Butigeg's recent flight was canceled and was forced to drive from Washington, New York. The delay occurred the day after he met with an aviation industry leader and advised him to address operational issues. 

Christopher J. Brooks

Christopher J .Brooks is a CBS MoneyWatch reporter covering business, consumer and financial stories, from economic inequality and housing issues to bankruptcy and sports businesses.

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