Southwest Airlines said Friday that the company experienced an “operational disruption” last Friday following a flood of recent flight cancellations.

Southwest Thousands of flights canceled Closed 30% of its flight schedule on weekends and Sundays.

In a ___ Message The disruption was “initially caused by weather and air traffic disruptions that halted our Florida operation for several hours,” said Mike Van de Wayne, president and chief operating officer, who appeared on the airline’s website on Thursday. ۔ “

“As a result, our aircraft and crew were not in a predetermined position to operate our schedule on Saturday,” Van de Wen wrote.

Southwest explains flight cancellations.
Southwest Airlines said Thursday that the company experienced an “operational disruption” last Friday following a flood of recent flight cancellations. Above, passengers await check-in at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Baltimore Washington International Thorgood Marshall Airport on October 11, 2021.
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“Unfortunately, out-of-space aircraft and crew resources added additional cancellations to our point-to-point network, which hovered over the weekend and continued through Monday and Tuesday,” he added.

Van de Wayne also said that “despite widespread rumors and speculation, the problems the airline faced over the weekend were not the result of unusual activity by a Southwest employee.”

The company and the union, which represents southwestern pilots, had earlier denied rumors that the cancellation was due to staff members not working to protest the airline’s vaccine mandate.