Northwest to Scale Back Flights, Pilot Time

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Northwest Airlines says it will solve the problem of canceled flights by scaling back the number of planned flights this summer. In August, the nation's fifth-largest airline will cut its domestic capacity by 3 percent by reducing the number of hours that its pilots can fly.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our business news starts with Northwest announcing it will cut some summer flights.

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MONTAGNE: Over the past week, Northwest cancelled over 500 flights. That means 12 percent of its flights didn't take off. The normal rate is 1 to 2 percent. The airline blames the cancellations on severe weather. Northwest pilots say the flights were cancelled because there weren't enough staff. Now, Northwest says it will solve the problem by scaling back its planned flights this summer. In August, the nation's fifth largest airline will cuts its domestic capacity by 3 percent by reducing the number of hours that pilots can fly.

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