Alaska Airlines Cancellations Continue As Pilots Picket

Alaska Airlines on Tuesday continued canceling flights as its pilots picked the carrier in several locations over stalled negotiations for a new pilot contract, according to the Air Line Pilots Association.

Cancellations began April 1 as pilots picketed in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Seattle.

On Monday, Alaska canceled 43 flights and delayed 184 more, 5 percent and 24 percent of its schedule, respectively, according to flight tracker FlightAware. On Tuesday morning, 22 flights had been canceled and 22 more delayed, about 3 percent each of the carrier’s schedule. About 6 percent to 9 percent of scheduled flights each on April 1, 2 and 3 were canceled, according to the carrier.

Alaska began talks with the pilots’ union in the summer of 2019, with an agreed-upon break during the peak of the pandemic from March 2020 to March 2021, according to the carrier. The airline in October 2021 filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board to “help move the process forward and facilitate an agreement.”

“A new pilot contract remains a top priority for Alaska,” Jenny Wetzel, the carrier’s VP of labor relations, said in a statement. “We’ve put a package on the table that’s competitive and addresses the issues most important to our pilots. It’s a significant financial investment in our pilot group while recognizing that we are still working to recover from $ 2.3 billion in losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. “

Alaska said that a captain’s average salary is currently $ 341,000 per year, that any aircraft operated by Alaska Air Group over 76 seats would be flown by Alaska’s seniority-list pilots, and the company would add flexibility on pilot scheduling along with additional support for reserve pilots. .

ALPA in a statement outlined outstanding issues that included job security, stronger work rules and enhanced quality-of-life provisions that “provide flexibility and reasonable schedules. The current pilot contract falls well behind those at comparable airlines in several key sections, and improvements are long overdue. “

“Three years is too long to be negotiating a contract without reaching agreement,” chairman of the Alaska ALPA master executive council Will McQuillen said in a statement.

Alaska Airlines on Tuesday continued canceling flights as its pilots picked the carrier in several locations over stalled negotiations for a new pilot contract, according to the Air Line Pilots Association. Cancellations began April 1 as pilots picketed in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Seattle. On Monday, Alaska canceled 43 flights and…

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