CNN Business reports:
The long weekend got a bit longer for Southwest customers after the airline canceled more than 2,000 flights Friday through Sunday. The world’s largest low-cost carrier canceled three of every 10 departures it had scheduled on Sunday and the disruption continued into Monday, a federal holiday, with 337 flights — or about one in 10 — canceled so far, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.
The company blamed the cancellations on air traffic control problems and limited staffing in Florida as well as bad weather. In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said there have been no air traffic related cancellations since Friday. The agency said that airlines are experiencing delays because of aircraft and crews being out of place. However, other airlines did not appear to be as severely impacted by these issues.
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Right wingers are claiming that Southwest staffers are engaging in a “sickout” protest over the vaccine mandate. Those claims are primarily being led by Christina Pushaw, the combative press secretary for Ron DeSantis.
Southwest canceled more than 2,000 weekend flights. The disruption has continued this Monday, with about 1 in 10 flights canceled so far today. (via @ramishahmaruf_ for @CNNBusiness) https://t.co/z33GYqKrXc
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