According to flight-tracking website, Southwest Airlines cancelled thousands of flights across the country Sunday. FlightAware.
Southwest Flights from Denver International Airport were cancelled or delayed by 50% on Saturday after more than 800 flights were grounded nationwide.
According to Dallas-based airline, the disruptions were caused by weather and air traffic control problems.
“We’re working diligently to accommodate affected Southwest Customers as quickly as possible. We’re asking our Customers whose travel is affected to explore our self-service rebooking options and to check their flight status on Southwest.com,” an airline spokesperson wrote in a Facebook post.
Steve Kulm, FAA spokesperson, said that there have been no reports of staff shortages.
Kulm stated that there have been no reports of FAA staff shortages since Friday. “Flight delays or cancellations occurred Friday afternoon due to severe weather conditions, military training and limited staffing within one area at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center. Some airlines still face scheduling problems due to crews and aircraft out of place. For current flight schedules, please contact the airlines.
The disruption was speculated on social media by Southwest employees who may have taken labor action due to recent vaccine mandates.
But, Southwest pilots union told The Denver PostIts members weren’t participating in any strike.
Robert Garrison of KMGH reported the story for the first time.