Southwest flight cancellations, delays continue Monday after disruptive weekend

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More than 600 Southwest flights have been canceled or delayed as of Monday morning

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Flight delays and cancellations for Southwest Airlines continued on Monday after a weekend of disrupted operations blamed on air traffic control issues and the weather.

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According to flight tracker FlightAware, the carrier canceled about 350 flights as of 9 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, as per the data, more than 300 flights have already been delayed.

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Still, the Texas-based carrier told Granthshala Business in an updated statement Monday morning that it is operating “close to normal operation” despite continuing weather challenges.

“While there is some new weather in some parts of our system, today’s operations have improved significantly from the weekend, with a small number of cancellations linked to our weekend recovery efforts,” the carrier said.

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Monday’s issues come after the carrier canceled more than 1,000 flights, or 29% of its schedule, on Sunday alone. On Saturday, the airline canceled 808 flights and delayed 1,187 flights.

In an emailed statement, Southwest said it had experienced weather challenges at its Florida airports at the beginning of the weekend, compounded by unforeseen air traffic control issues in the same area, which caused delays and significant delays from Friday evening. prompted cancellation.

The airline clarified that the issues were “not the result of demonstrations by the employees, as some have reported.”

“Weekend cancellations, bad weather and ATC issues in Florida, a major operation for us, caused significant flight disruptions throughout our network on Friday night and we worked to recover from the high number of crew and aircraft displaced over the weekend .” said the carrier.

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Crowds of passengers expressed their dismay on Twitter.

“I believed Southwest Airlines ran a very efficient operation, my experience over the past few days confirms the opposite,” One traveler tweeted.

Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called Biden’s “illegal vaccine mandate a job!”

“Suddenly, we are short of pilots and air traffic controllers,” the Republican senator tweeted.

Southwest cancels more than a thousand flights, citing air-traffic control issues

However, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the airline’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, immediately clarified that it has nothing to do with the cancellations and delays.

“SWAPA is aware of the operational difficulties affecting Southwest Airlines today due to a number of issues, but we can say with confidence that our pilots will not participate in any official or unofficial job action,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday. are.” “Our pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive pilots in the world.”

Southwest cancels more than 1,000 flights, Cruz says it’s Biden’s ‘illegal vaccine mandate at work’

Similarly, the FAA told Granthshala Business in a statement that no shortage of air traffic staff has been reported since Friday.

“Extensive inclement weather, military training and limited staffing in an area of ​​the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center resulted in flight delays and cancellations for a few hours on Friday afternoon,” the FAA said.

The Texas-based carrier is allowing customers to explore self-service rebooking options at Southwest.com, where they can receive updates on the status of their travels.

Granthshala News’ Tyler O’Neill and


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