Here’s the question about Northwest Airlines blaming its flight cancellations on "pilot absenteeism." Why is that absenteeism a serious problem only at the end of the month?
It does sort of suggest that the pilots union has a better explanation. The flight cancellations have risen at the end of the month – in June and now July – because Northwest doesn’t have enough pilots and the ones they have are hitting their monthly limits on flying hours before the month is out.
It doesn’t help that Northwest’s credibility that last month it made some weak claims about weather problems, too.
After the June cancellations I passed on the tip from business travel guru Joe Brancatelli that you avoid booking flights on Northwest for the last two weeks of the month. I’d extend that thought to August, at least.