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On 29 June Northwest Airlines said it plans to reduce its schedule and recall furloughed pilots.
The decision was reportedly made after the airline saw a week of more than 1,000 flight cancellations.
According to The Associated Press, Northwest blamed bad weather, air traffic control restrictions and pilots calling in sick for the cancellations.
From 18 July the airline will drop one of its Detroit-to-Frankfurt flights in order to free up pilots and it also said that it would cut its schedule in August by 90 flying hours per day, which is an estimated 3% of its mainline domestic capacity. Additionally, Northwest wants to recall its remaining furloughed pilots as soon as possible, it has nearly 400 pilots on furlough. The carrier also wants to hire new pilots as necessary.
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The union said the pilot shortage had caused an increase in flight cancellations.
About 4,700 pilots currently fly for the carrier.
After a six-year drought, the airline will call back furloughed pilots, then hire new ones
Recalled pilots will begin training in October and return to flights for Delta afterward.