Southwest, FAA, Federation deny reports of mass cancellations as a result of vaccine strike; List the problems of air traffic control and turbulent weather
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Strongly conflicting reports from Florida over the weekend came to the same conclusion. On 1900 Southwest Airlines out of place Jacksonville Postponed or canceled on Saturday and Sunday, either due to Bad weather and lack of staff, or – according to other accounts – a mass withdrawal of employees Protesting federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Southwest Airlines has officially blamed the problem on unspecified weather and staffing issues at Bradley Airport, Make a short statement on Twitter Apologies for the delays and suggesting that annoyed passengers explore self-service rebooking options via their website.
“ATC issues and inclement weather led to a large number of cancellations throughout the weekend as we work to restore our operations,” they said. “We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected customers, and customer service wait times are longer than usual. If your travel is affected, please explore self-service rebooking options by checking your flight status on west.com.”
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but Other unverified reports Suggest that the problem may in fact be due to a “sick of it” It was conducted by air traffic controllers and other airline employees due to the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements that officially hit the October 4 deadline.
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association – the union that represents pilots and is currently suing to stop the vaccine mandate until a lawsuit is resolved – has rejected reports of any strikes, instead releasing a statement that it “He has not authorized and will not condone any action” Instead, notice it “[Southwest Airlines] become brittle and subject to massive failures under the slightest pressure” Due to lack of company support and ‘A really tense relationship’ Between the southwest and the union.
In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration reported via tweet The organization has not received any reports of staff shortages since Friday.
However, some say that such a large amount of delays and cancellations within a single weekend is very unusual and cannot be easily explained apart from the vague statements that Southwest Airlines has released so far.