Southwest Airlines Flights Back Near Normal

US airline Southwest Airlines flights appeared to be running near normal after it canceled nearly 2,400 flights in three days.

As of midday Tuesday (12/10), Southwest had canceled fewer than 100 flights, or two percent of its schedule, according to flight data provider FlightAware.

Southwest said bad weather and air traffic control problems in Florida on Friday triggered a number of failures in which planes and pilots were out of position for their next flight.

The crisis peaked on Sunday, when Southwest canceled more than 1,100 flights, or 30 percent of its schedule.

The flight disruptions began shortly after the union for 9,000 Southwest pilots asked a federal court to block the airline’s order for all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Southwest and unions denied that the flight disruptions were caused by protests by declaring themselves sick or slowing down of employees’ activities. [uh/ab]

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