FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft lands at Victorville Airport in Victorville, US on March 26, 2019. Reuters / Mike Brake
11 October 2021
(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines on Monday blamed bad weather and air traffic problems in Florida and said it plans to resume regular service this week after canceling more than 1,900 scheduled flights over the weekend.
According to data from flight tracking platform flightaware.com https://flightaware.com/live/cancelled, the airline canceled 1,124 flights or 30% of its daily flights on Sunday and more than 800 flights on Saturday. I canceled it. The website also showed around 350 cancellations on Monday.
Southwest, whose market share fell about 4% in early deals, did not disclose the number of cancellations, but said it was “significant.”
The airline responded to a tweet from a leaflet asking about flight cancellations https://twitter.com/SouthwestAir/status/1447540813576081409, saying, “We are working to stabilize our operations. But this week we are working on regular service. We are planning to start again.”
Meanwhile, the pilot union denied social media speculation that the cancellation was due to their actions.
The union was “aware of operational issues” in a statement Saturday at https://www.swapa.org/news/2021/press-release, while the pilots “participated in formal or informal work tasks. I did not.”
Last week, Southwest Airlines announced it would issue a temporary restraining order preventing federal contractors, including major airlines, from complying with COVID-19 vaccine obligations.
Alan Casher, executive vice president of day-to-day operations at Southwest Airlines, told employees Sunday that the airline has employees on weekends, but did not anticipate the magnitude of the turmoil.
“And, as we have seen before, unexpected number of delays eventually lead to staff shortages and sometimes forced overtime due to long business days,” he wrote on the company intranet. ..
“We have adjusted our schedule for the fall, but it will take some time because the root system has not been fully restored.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said there had been no reduction in air traffic since Friday, but some airlines said they were experiencing schedule issues due to outside aircraft and crew. ..
(Reporting by Sinead Carew, David Shepardson, Uday Sampath, Edited by Edwina Gibbs and Arun Koyur)
Southwest Airlines expects flights to return to normal this week after mass cancellations
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