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by Michael J. Shapiro | September 19, 2012

American Airlines has reduced its flight schedule for September and October by 1 to 2 percent, the carrier announced Monday. Cancellations at the airline spiked in recent days due to a number of factors, including pilots calling in sick and an increase in maintenance reports, according to spokesperson Bruce Hicks, as quoted by the Associated Press. The carrier recently imposed cost-cutting measures that were wildly unpopular among its pilots. "We're going to be working more days, for less pay, under some pretty significant owners' conditions," said Allied Pilots Association spokesman Tom Hoban in a televised interview. The airline canceled 104 flights on Monday, according to FlightStats.com, more than five times the number canceled by any other single airline. American's cancellations accounted for nearly 50 percent of all of Monday's scrapped flights. While the union hasn't officially sanctioned or supported a sickout, Hoban has expressed the intense dissatisfaction of its pilots. A strike vote could be taken by Oct. 3.