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Northwest Airlines to Reduce Capacity to Combat Cancellations

Northwest Airlines said on Friday it would cut some flights in July and August in order to free up pilots to address a recent spate of cancellations by the airline.

Over the past week or so Northwest canceled more than 500 flights because of a combination of bad weather and a shortage of pilots to fly the planes. The airline blamed the shortage on absenteeism, while the pilots' union blamed worker fatigue.

The cancellations come shortly after Northwest's exit from bankruptcy, where relations between management and workers were strained by the airline forcing pay cuts on many workers.

The airline said on Friday it would cancel one of its Detroit to Frankfurt flights from July 18 to free up pilots and in August would cut its domestic mainline capacity by 3%.

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