Alaska Airlines CEO anticipates ‘choppy May,’ issues mea culpa as flight cancellations rack up

Alaska Airlines is facing issues with contracting and a shortage of pilots, leaving travelers to deal with a surplus of flight cancellations.

“Simply put, we had 63 fewer pilots than what we planned for when we built our schedule. By the time we got this error, April and May schedules were bid on by our pilots and flight attendants, making it impossible to sufficiently adjust schedules to avoid cancellations,” Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said in a video statement.

Minicucci acknowledged that the company has canceled about 50 of the approximate 1,200 flights Alaska Air operates a day.

“The month of May will continue to be choppy and we’re

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