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Airline pilots threaten strike this Labor Day Weekend: “It’s about quality of life”

NEW YORK — It has been a difficult summer time for air journey, and now one other drawback may very well be rising forward of the vacation weekend. 

Airline pilots say they might strike, as a result of they really feel they deserve higher contracts and wish airways to repair operational points. 

“It’s not just about pay. Obviously pay is an issue, but it’s about quality of life. Our schedules have never been worse,” stated Capt. Jason Ambrosi, chairman of the Delta Pilots Union.

Experts say greater than 120,000 home flight cancelations have occurred in simply the primary half of the year attributable to numerous points, together with climate and staffing. 

Ahead of this busy Labor Day Weekend, off-duty pilots have been picketing at a dozen airports throughout the nation. 

Some marched at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday, holding indicators that stated, “ready to strike” — a transfer that not solely impacts them, however the tens of millions of passengers who fly.

“I’m kind of nervous. Just because the kids need to get back home to school on time. They have back-to-school night, so I’m hoping we make it back on time,” traveler Natalie Cilenti stated. 

“We live the same lives they do, we sit in airports waiting for flights, as well. So we very much understand their frustration,” stated Capt. Wesley Reed, government vp of the Air Pilots Association.

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation launched an airline customer support dashboard that helps vacationers work out which companies airways will present when a flight is canceled or delayed attributable to circumstances throughout the airline’s management. For instance, all however Allegiant and Frontier will cover your resort for an in a single day cancelation.

Now the DOT is finalizing new rules that may require refunds for lengthy delays or substantial schedule adjustments. 

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