Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights this weekend due to air traffic control issues and weather. The carrier has not given an update as to whether the cancellations may continue. The company had canceled nearly 909 flights on Saturday and the cancellation continue even on Monday.
Southwest Airlines tweeted that ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. The carrier also added that they appreciate the patience as they accommodate affected customers, and customer service wait times are longer than usual. According to FlightAware, a website that tracks cancellations and delays, Southwest has canceled 1,018 flights and had 597 flights delayed on Sunday alone. On Saturday, the airline canceled 808 flights and had 1,187 flights delayed.
The spokesperson also added that they have continued diligent work throughout the weekend to reset our operation with a focus on getting aircraft and crews repositioned to take care of our customers. With fewer frequencies between cities in our current schedule, recovering during operational challenges is more difficult and prolonged. The carrier is working diligently to accommodate our customers as quickly as possible. The carrier is grateful for their patience.