Many Southwest Airways passengers discovered themselves with out a flight this weekend after Southwest canceled virtually 2,000 flights in complete throughout Saturday and Sunday. As Reuters reports, Southwest canceled 808 flights on Saturday (24% of all Southwest flights) and one other 1,103 flights (30% of all flights) on Sunday, in accordance to information from FlightAware.
In a brief press launch, Southwest confirmed that its companies have been affected by “operational difficulties.” In a press release to Reuters, the airline mentioned these difficulties included unhealthy climate in Florida and air site visitors management points within the state. Each Southwest and its pilot union denied the canceled flights have been due to any type of pilot strike over COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
As of the time of this writing, data from FlightAware reveals Southwest cancellations have prolonged into the third day. However as we speak’s cancelation to date quantities to solely 171 canceled flights—that’s simply 4% of all Southwest flights scheduled for Monday. Nonetheless, all however one different airline has cancelations within the double or single digits.
If you’re flying as we speak, it’s a good suggestion to check out your Southwest flight status by going to their website here and clicking on the “flight status” button within the blue “E-book” bar on the prime of the web page.
ATC points and disruptive climate have resulted in a excessive quantity of cancellations all through the weekend whereas we work to get well our operation. We respect your endurance as we accommodate affected Prospects, and Buyer Service wait occasions are longer than normal. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb
— Southwest Airways (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021