October 10 (Businesshala) – Southwest Airlines Company (LUV.N) canceled at least 30% of its scheduled flights on Sunday, the second straight day of massive cancellations, data from flightaware.com Has shown.
Southwest declined to confirm the number of canceled flights, saying it had a significant amount over the weekend due to unfavorable weather in Florida, complicated by air traffic control issues in the same area.
“With fewer frequencies between cities in our current schedule, it is more difficult and longer to recover during operational challenges,” the airline said in an emailed statement.
According to the flight tracking site, the airline has canceled 1,103 flights so far on Sunday, which comes on top of 808, or 24%, of flights scheduled on Saturday. The cancellation rate was very high compared to other airlines.
Southwest Airlines’ pilots union denied speculation on social media that the cancellation was due to union action. The union said on October 5 that it would file a temporary restraining order preventing Southwest from complying with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, including major airlines, set by President Joe Biden. has gone.
union, svapa, excluded Statement It said on Saturday that it was “aware of operational difficulties affecting Southwest Airlines” but that its pilots were “not participating in any official or unofficial job functions.”
Southwest’s executive vice president of daily operations Alan Kasher told employees earlier on Sunday that while the airline was staffing for the weekend, it did not anticipate the size of the disruptions.
“And as we’ve seen before, an unexpected number of delays eventually leads to a staff shortage, and at times, mandatory overtime due to long operating hours. Although we’ve made schedule adjustments leading into the decline, Our root system has not fully recovered – it will take time,” he wrote on the company’s intranet.
The Federal Aviation Authority said no air traffic staff shortages had been reported since Friday, but some airlines were facing scheduling challenges as aircraft and crew were out of place.