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American Airlines is working to avoid disruptions after some holiday flights appeared to be in danger of cancellation when too many pilots were allowed to take vacation.

The issue with scheduling left flights from the airline's hubs, including New York, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, and New York LaGuardia without any pilots assigned to fly, according to memo seen by CNBC.

American Airlines said Thursday that pilots have come forward and agreed to staff all but "a few hundred" flights scheduled during the December holidays, as it sought to ease concerns of widespread disruptions during one of the busiest travel times.

They said the airline had contacted pilots on Friday letting them know there had been an error.

Airline representatives declined to say how numerous carrier's 15,000 pilots were allowed to take time off for the holiday.

"Because management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither [the union] nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered", said the Allied Pilots Association (APA) in a statement.

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Popular European budget airline Ryanair was forced to cancel 2,000 flights earlier this year after pilots reportedly rejected a bonus of 12,000 euros ($14,282) to work 10 extra days.

American declined to confirm the number of flights initially affected, but spokesman Miller said the company was doing everything it could to get the staffing situation resolved. "We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150% of their hourly rate - as much as we are allowed to pay them per the contract". As of today, the union says they have not resolved the shortage.

"That is not a computer glitch that is a computer screw up, so they just gotta pay for it", said John Mauldin.

"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening".

"We're gonna have to get creative", said Tajer.


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