Southwest Airlines cancels over 1,800 flights over the weekend, blaming weather and staffing


Southwest Airlines cancelled over 1,800 flights over the weekend stranding passengers. The airline blamed air traffic control issues, bad weather and staffing shortages.

27% of its fleet was grounded on Sunday.

SWAPA, representing Southwest pilots issued this statement:

SWAPA is aware of operational difficulties affecting Southwest Airlines due to a number of issues, but we can say with confidence that our Pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.

Our Pilots will continue to overcome SWA management’s poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges, and remain the most productive Pilots in the world. They will continue to be focused on their highest priority — safety. SWAPA Pilots are true professionals and will always maintain the highest level of responsibility to their crews, their passengers, and our airline.

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