Reuters file photo: A southwest airline Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft landed at Victorville Airport in California, USA, on March 26, 2019. Reuters / Mike Blake
(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co. said Monday it expects to resume normal service this week after canceling more than 1,900 scheduled flights over the weekend, blaming adverse weather and aviation problems in Florida.
According to flight tracking platform flightaware.com https://flightaware.com/live/cancelled, the airline canceled 1,124 flights on Sunday or 30% of its daily operations and canceled more than 800 trips on Saturday. The website also showed about 350 cancellations on Monday.
Southwest, whose shares fell nearly 4% in first trading, did not give a cancellation number, but said it was “significant.”
“As we work to stabilize our operations, we look forward to resuming normal service this week,” a flight attendant asked about a flight canceled from https://twitter.com/SouthwestAir/status/1447540813576081409 The airline said.
Meanwhile, its pilot union has denied rumors on social media that their actions have been canceled.
In a statement Saturday, the union said at https://www.swapa.org/news/2021/press-release that it was “aware of the operational difficulties” but that its pilots were “not taking part in any official or informal work.”
It said last week that it would impose a temporary ban on Southwest to comply with a Covid-1 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, including major airlines.
Alan Kashar, executive vice president of the southwest of the daily’s activities, told staff on Sunday that despite having staff at the airline over the weekend, it could not estimate the size of the disruption.
“And as we’ve seen before, the unexpected number of delays eventually leads to staff shortages, and often mandatory overtime due to long operating days,” he wrote on the company’s intranet.
“Although we have adjusted the schedule for the fall, our root system has not been fully restored – it will take time.”
The Federal Aviation Authority said no shortage of air traffic staff has been reported since Friday, but some airlines are facing scheduled challenges due to air and crew being away from space.
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