Chicago (CBS) Southwest Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights nationwide, blaming air traffic control and weather problems, leaving passengers confused and frustrated.
On Sunday, the airline canceled 53 incoming flights and delayed 34 flights. For departures, there are 41 cancellations and 46 delays.
Nationwide, Southwest dropped more than 1,000 flights, or 28 percent of its schedule.
Southwest said it is working to recover. On Saturday, she said, weather delays in Florida had a ripple effect across the country. No other airline has experienced delays or cancellations on this scale.
The pilots and flight attendants unions say there are no formal or informal job procedures.
The Pilots’ Union has objected to the airline’s recent announcement that it will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations.
“We can say with confidence that our pilots are not involved in any formal or informal operational procedures,” the pilots’ union said in the statement.
Passengers were confused about Sunday’s weather cancellation, and some suggested Southwest employees were calling in patients to protest the vaccine mandate.