On Tuesday, federal officials stopped Southwest Airlines (WN) flights from taking off. By late morning on the East Coast. FlightAware reported that over 1,500 Southwest flights had been delayed, which accounted for more than 50% of all delays in the US.
In a Twitter statement, Southwest Airlines mentioned that they had requested the Federal Aviation Administration to halt departures due to “intermittent” technical issues. Furthermore, the airline hoped to resume flights as soon as possible.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated that Southwest Airlines requested the delay on flights and directed inquiries to the airline itself.
Southwest faced almost 17,000 flight cancellations in December due to extreme weather conditions and crew scheduling issues, resulting in a loss of more than $1 billion. The Transportation Department is currently investigating these cancellations.
Southwest Resumed operations after operational issues
After experiencing data connection problems due to a firewall failure, Southwest Airlines temporarily suspended flight operations this morning.
The airline has since resumed operations after its teams worked to minimize disruptions. Passengers are advised to check their flight status on Southwest’s website or visit a customer service agent at the airport for assistance.
The airline thanked its customers and employees for their patience during the brief disruption.
The airline has a fleet of 793 Boeing 737s, and 78 are on order. Furthermore, As of April 2023, Southwest offers flights to 106 destinations within the United States. Also, to 15 international destinations across 12 countries.
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