Monday, October 11, 2021

Southwest Cancellations, Delays Not Due to Weather, Air Traffic Control

Southwest is blaming the weather and air traffic control for its sudden cancellation of nearly 2,000 flights. That's an interesting explanation considering there haven't been weather or air traffic control problems since Friday.

CNBC reported:

The Federal Aviation Administration said there were a "few hours" of flight delays on Friday afternoon because of severe weather and staffing issues at Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center, which controls airspace in five parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"No FAA air traffic staffing shortages have been reported since Friday," the FAA said. "Some airlines continue to experience scheduling challenges due to aircraft and crews being out of place. Please contact the airlines for details about current flight schedules."
Is the cancellation chaos due to Southwest's vaccine mandate? Could be.

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