Southwest Airlines cancelled more flights Monday after service disruptions over the weekend that left many travelers in the United States without power.
FlightAware’s flight tracking system website363 Southwest flights were cancelled and 869 were delayed Monday.
The Associated Press reported that the Dallas-based airline blamed weather and air traffic control issues for “operational challenges” that caused more than 1,900 flights to be canceled on Saturday and Sunday.
In a tweetThe Federal Aviation Administration rebutted those claims, stating that they had not received any reports of traffic problems since Friday.
The AP reported that the delays occurred shortly after Southwest’s pilot’s union asked a federal court to block the airline’s order that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association denied that they were protesting. They stated that they “can confidently state that our Pilots aren’t participating in any unofficial or official 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 said in a statement. “They will continue to be focused on their highest priority — safety. SWAPA Pilots are true professionals. They will continue to be responsible for their crews, passengers, and the airline.