DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Flight delays and cancellations plagued some Southwest Airlines travellers above the weekend and the airline claims equally technological know-how and weather conditions difficulties had been to blame.
Lesroy Samuel was among the those people afflicted. He was supposed to go household to Florida on Sunday, but the headaches commenced whilst he was en route to the airport.
“I get a textual content that the flight was delayed to 1:18 to 9:45,” Samuel said. “I get to the airport, go to the desk, and I was informed my flight was cancelled.”
Southwest Airlines explained planned, overnight technology routine maintenance from Friday into Saturday delayed some early Saturday morning flights. But they stated only seven flights were cancelled out of more than 3,600 scheduled.
And even though they explained that issue was resolved by early Saturday, climate and ensuing air visitors challenges in Florida wreaked havoc on the airways later on that day.
Southwest cancelled around 600 flights Saturday, 400 Sunday, and about a dozen Monday. Tracking assistance FlightAware said about a single in every 13 flights throughout the airways was cancelled around the weekend.
Cristian Gandera, who flew to Dallas this weekend to get his two sons to Wrestle Mania, claimed he programs his journey proactively, understanding delays or cancellations are always a chance.
“We are not going to fly the very same working day, because you in no way know what’s going to happen,” Gandera explained. “So you have to fly just one working day ahead and just one working day after. That way, you can have a tiny room in there.”
Southwest has faced technological innovation troubles in advance of, together with final summer time when two separate issues grounded flights for two days.
As for Samuel, when the cancellations ended up annoying, he reported there was a silver lining.
“It gave me an further day with my son,” he claimed. “That’s the brilliant side.”