Travelers were frustrated this weekend when more than 2,000 Southwest flights were cancelled nationwide.
Allison Cavanaugh, a traveler, stated that she doesn’t want future Southwest credit but also wants her money back.
Allison Cavanaugh reports that her trip was extended by 2 days due to separate cancellations of flights on Saturday and Sunday.
“I asked the woman at the front desk if they were mostly Southwest people who had cancelled flights. She said that the hotel was full of people from Southwest.”
She claims that she switched to another airline on her third attempt but missed work the next day.
Cavanaugh explained that she had to find people who would cover me, then they must be COVID tested to work with me. It’s not a small cancellation or a late return to work. There is a droplet effect.
In a statement Saturday – and again MondaySouthwest Airlines attributes the high number of cancellations to air traffic control problems and weather disruptions.
Experts say these issues haven’t forced massive cancellations from other airlines — and more factors could be at play. Scott’s Cheap Flights email service has Daniel Burnham as a Senior Product Operations Specialist.
He stated that he believes this more to do with staff shortages, the difficulty of rehiring skilled workers after a lot has left the industry. Burnham.
He said he has seen similar regional meltdowns in the past summer.
JetBlue Unspecified reasons caused hundreds of cancellations on September flights Spirit AirlinesFor thousands of cancellations in August, it was blamed on a staff shortage. Southwest Airlines was the worst-affected airline, according to reports.
Burnham stated that “nowadays, if there is a delay because of limited worker capacity, you don’t have as many planes or slack in your system.” It’s difficult to recover, you see, so something such as this, if it happened in 2019, it probably would not have become as serious as it is. It’s hard for them to express themselves dig up that first delay.”
Southwest claims it will recover in the next few days.
Experts in travel say that cancellations and delays are possible during peak season and holidays.