Struggled airline Southwest Airlines has again canceled dozens of flights after returning to a more regular flight schedule after being linked to winter storms..
As of Monday afternoon, Southwest Airlines had canceled 160 flights, or 3% of flights, the most of any American airline, according to tracking site FlightAware. A further 422 flights, or 10% of the scheduled flights, were delayed. Most of the disrupted flights were scheduled to and from Denver International Airport.
Last week, the Dallas-based airline, disrupting passenger vacation travel plans. Airlines blamed winter weather for flight disruptions, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg insisted that “thousands of Southwest Airlines’ recent cancellations were not due to weather.”
“Unlike Southwest Airlines, other airlines that have experienced weather-related cancellations and delays due to winter storms have recovered relatively quickly,” he wrote to Southwest CEO Robert Jordan. I am writing to
Southwest Airlines scrapped fewer than 50 flights on Friday as it recovered from one of the most severe aviation industry collapses in recent years. But passengers continued to complain on Twitter as the number of canceled trips surged on Monday.
“Can @SouthwestAir provide a transparent update on their baggage reconsolidation efforts? No update for over a week. The form is gaslighting and a very disingenuous attempt to appease.
and Tweet “We are inundated with parcels to be reunited with their owners,” Southwest said on Monday after receiving inquiries from customers about the missing packages.
A spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines said the company was “operating on a normal schedule” on Monday and was “satisfied” with its performance over the past few days.
A spokeswoman believes “minimal cancellations” of the 4,000 flights scheduled were due to “weather in several areas, including fog in Chicago and heavy snow in Denver this morning.”
A severe winter storm bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain has issued a National Weather Service warning for the Rocky Mountains and upper Mississippi Valley.
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