Again on observe? Southwest has fewer than 50 cancellations on Friday

Southwest Airways seems that it could be again on observe after hundreds of its flights have been canceled over the previous week, with fewer than 50 flights canceled as of Friday morning. 

Solely 39 flights for the airline had been canceled and 69 flights had been delayed as of simply previous 7 a.m., in line with the flight-tracking web site FlightAware. Southwest stated on Thursday that it anticipated to return to a standard flight schedule on Friday after greater than 15,000 of its flights have been canceled throughout one of many busiest journey weeks of the yr. 

The airline’s scheduling system struggled to maintain up as sturdy winter storms hit key hubs in Denver and Chicago, having problem rescheduling flights and routing pilots and flight attendants to the appropriate planes. Southwest finally canceled nearly two-thirds of its flights for a lot of the previous week to stabilize the system.

Nearly 2,400 flights have been canceled on Thursday, and a couple of,500 have been canceled on Wednesday.

Southwest CEO Bob Jordan stated in a video apology on Wednesday that the airline should replace its scheduling programs. 

Southwest’s cancellations stranded thousands and thousands of individuals touring and have drawn scrutiny from federal officers. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg promised to make sure that these affected are reimbursed for meals, journey and lodging prices. 

The airline has arrange a web page on its web site for affected vacationers to submit refund and reimbursement requests for flights canceled or considerably delayed between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2.