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Airlines are reportedly struggling to create autumn schedules for flight crews as they await news on a stimulus bill that will decide whether or not thousands of airline workers get laid off.
Dennis Tajer, a captain for American Airlines and spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, spoke with Fox Business about the situation. He compared creating schedules for airline workers to conducting an orchestra, where a lot of different moving pieces have to be accounted for. Pilots and crewmembers fly all over the country (or world) and the airlines have to coordinate the schedules to make sure everything makes sense.
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When it comes to the CARES Act, Tajer explained, without any certainty, the airlines have to plan for reduction. This can result in smaller and medium-sized airports and cities seeing a reduction (or complete loss) in access to air travel. The airlines can’t schedule pilots to their routes if they aren’t sure if they’ll still be working in October.