There could be progress in breaking the standoff between American Airlines and its pilots, which appears to have caused a spike in canceled and delayed flights.
American formally asked the pilots union to resume negotiations on a new labor contract. A spokesman said the union board will meet today to decide on the next step.
Pilots and management at American have been bickering for years, but the conflict came to a head this month when a federal bankruptcy judge allowed the airline to break its contract with pilots. American set new pay and work rules that could lead to outsourcing more flying to other airlines.
Delays and cancelations rose sharply at American, the nation’s third-biggest airline. On Monday, American canceled 113 flights, or 6.1 percent of its total.