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Pilot shortage forces Alaska to cancel flights



WRANGELL-A shortage of pilots amid a labor dispute has forced Alaska Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights since last Friday.

Pickets went up Friday at airports in Seattle and elsewhere on the airline's West Coast route system. Alaska reported it canceled 9% of its service on Friday, about 120 flights, and 7% on Saturday, which affected about 12,000 travelers that day.

Flight cancellations were down to 6% on Sunday and about 3% on Monday.

"We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration we have caused because so many travel plans have been disrupted," the airline said in a statement Mon...

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