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Thursday
Jul282011

Continental Cancels 24 Flights after Pilots Call Out Sick

United Continental Holdings(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Due to something that was apparently "going around," Continental Airlines was forced to scuttle two dozen flights Wednesday, most of them from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport -- one of the carrier's main hubs.

The sick-out forced Continental to find accommodations for their passengers on other flights.  The airlines attributed the canceled flights to "pilot unavailability."

However, it's also known that Continental pilots have been upset with the slow pace of negotiations to combine labor agreements since Continental and United announced plans last year to merge the two carriers.

United has already said that it would not reach collective bargaining agreements with all the unions until after this year.

Continental typically offers 3,000 domestic and international flights daily.

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