Delta Pilots May Strike Friday

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

A U.S. bankruptcy court judge is holding a hearing to discuss Delta's request to reject its pilots’ collective bargaining agreement. This comes at an inconvenient time for many people who are traveling now and around the Easter holiday.

If the contract is rejected, the Airline Pilots Association, which represents 6,000 Delta pilots, may go on strike.

More than 300 pilots picketed near Delta's Atlanta headquarters on Wednesday. This all stems from pay cuts Delta wants to impose on its pilots. About $325 million will be argued.

Delta Airline officials say this strike will be disastrous and illegal. Here at the Bay County International Airport all the airlines are contracted through Delta, even though they run independent operations.

Authorities aren't quite sure how the strike will affect our area.

Kip Turner, Airport Executive Assistant, says, "Since our carriers are contracted with Delta, and we're not sure what effects it would have on PC, it could mean they work out other arrangements, that they continue operating. We just really don't know at this point."

Airport authorities say the best way to check to see if your flight is still on schedule is to call Delta at 1-800-221-1212, or call the contract carrier of your flight.

The Bay County International Airport is always in negotiations to add more carriers for added service.


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