US Airways battling pilots' union

A US Airways jet is deiced Jan. 10 as another jet departs at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. (Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer)

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 1 at 12:13 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There is a fight taking off between US Airways and their pilots.

The airline claims the pilots are causing flight delays and cancellations on purpose.  But the pilots' union says that's not true.

US Airways has filed a lawsuit to put a stop to it.  The company says its pilots are putting passengers in the middle of their labor battles, and passengers are fed up with all the delays.

“We sat on the runway for at least an hour. The flight was set to leave at 2:50 and I know we didn't leave until after four,” said Charlotte passenger Quinn Carroll.  “It makes you powerless, and it makes you feel angry 'cause of the amount of money you spent.”

US Airways estimates the slowdowns could cost as much as $377,000 every day.

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