NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Continental Airlines canceled 24 flights Wednesday, most of them out of Newark Liberty International Airport, due to “crew availability” problems.
Continental operates a large hub out of Newark and has about 3,000 daily flights system-wide. It was working to get customers on alternate flights.READ MORE: Police Reveal More Details In Death Of 10-Year-Old Ayden Wolfe; Mother's Boyfriend Ryan Cato Faces Murder Charges
Airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said that the cancellations were “due to lack of crew availability” but declined to elaborate. Air Line Pilots Association spokeswoman Amy Flanagan declined to comment.
United Airlines bought Continental last year and has been trying to combine them into a single airline. The process has been slower than expected, partly because of contentious labor negotiations.READ MORE: Long Island Rail Road Riders Face Crowded Trains On First Day Of Service Cuts
Jeff Smisek, the CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., said last week that it was unlikely the company could agree to labor contracts with all its unions this year.
The company said it has more pilots this summer than last summer. Company spokeswoman Julie King said the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents pilots at both airlines, “participates in our monthly review to set staffing levels.”MORE NEWS: NYPD Making Progress Bringing In And Promoting Women, But It Still Has A Lot Of Work To Do
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