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Droves of flight delays and cancellations continued Monday for Southwest Airlines following a weekend of disrupted operations blamed on air traffic control issues and weather.
The carrier canceled nearly 350 flights as of 9 a.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware. Meanwhile, more than 300 flights have already been delayed, according to the data.
Even still, the Texas-based carrier told FOX Business in an updated statement Monday morning that it is running "closer to normal operation" despite facing continued weather challenges.
"Although we have some new weather in parts of our system, today's operation has vastly improved from the weekend, with a much smaller number of cancellations linked to our weekend recovery efforts," the carrier said.
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Monday's issues come just after the carrier canceled more than 1,000 flights, or 29% of its schedule, on Sunday alone. On Saturday, the airline canceled 808 flights and had 1,187 flights delayed.
In an emailed statement, Southwest said it had experienced weather challenges in its Florida airports at the beginning of the weekend, which were compounded by unexpected air traffic control issues in the same region, which triggered delays and prompted significant cancellations beginning Friday evening.
The issues were "not a result of Employee demonstrations, as some have reported," the airline clarified.
"To recap the weekend cancellations, the bad weather and ATC issues in Florida, a large operation for us, on Friday night created significant flight disruptions throughout our network and we spent the weekend working to recover from the high number of displaced Crews and aircraft," the carrier said.
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Southwest issued an update Monday afternoon, extending "a tremendous apology" to customers and employees, saying the company has "been working diligently to restor... (Read more)
#southwestairlines - I was led to believe Southwest Airlines ran a very efficient operation, my experience last couple of days confirms the opposite. Long unjustifiable lines for those who performed self check-in to drop off bags. Few people working and very inefficient. 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/JWsYIXQgHz— Armando R. Ocando (@ArmandoOcando) October 9, 2021
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