If you’re traveling on Southwest Airlines this weekend brace yourself for potential delays or cancellations.
Caution: Southwest Airlines Cancels Or Delays Flights In Latest Meltdown
On Friday, Southwest cancelled 246 flights and delayed 1427 flights, roughly 45% of its overall schedule.
So far today, Southwest has cancelled 113 flights, though that number is expected to significantly rise.
A Southwest spokesperson blamed the weather:
“To proactively manage our operation, we implemented a scheduled reduction ahead of expected storms and probable air traffic control initiatives.”
But could a pilot shortage also be at play?
Whatever the reason for the delay, many passengers are finding themselves stranded and unable to reach Southwest. A sampling of Twitter complaints includes:
@SouthwestAir Why would you cancel all the flights you offer today and reschedule me in the evening the next day? Essentially causing me to lose a full day and half. Thanks for ruining my vacation. #SouthwestAirlines
— Nathaniel Wyrick (@nathanielwyrick) June 25, 2021
Furious @SouthwestAir. Woke up to a text that my flight today (in 4 hours) was cancelled and I was rebooked on a flight 2 days from now. Would mean missing the reason for my trip- my only nephew’s 1st birthday.
— Dr. Michelle Silver (@mich_silver) June 25, 2021
— F. O. C. U. S. (@Montae_1996) June 25, 2021
Traveling two days later for vacations that have been planned for weeks or months really does not help. Nor does a refund, since last-minute tickets on other carriers are likely to be significantly higher than tickets booked early with Southwest.
If you are traveling on Southwest this weekend, keep your eyes closely on your reservations. In case of a cancellation, attempt to quickly rebook online or on the Southwest app. If your preferred flight is not available, keep checking, as seats are booked and cancelled all the time.
First American Airlines, now Southwest Airlines. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst this weekend. If you’re traveling on Southwest today or tomorrow, I wish you all the best.
image: Stephen M. Keller / Southwest