PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, including more than 100 into or out of Phoenix. According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, Southwest canceled 81 Sky Harbor flights Saturday and more than 800 flights -- nearly a quarter of its schedule --throughout the country. As of 10:30 Sunday morning, another 74 Southwest flights to and from Phoenix had been canceled. Nationwide, more than 1,000 flights were canceled.
Sky Harbor confirmed delays and cancellations throughout the Southwest network. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said it was aware of the issue. It also said its pilots “are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions.”
Southwest Airlines tweeted a travel advisory Saturday more blaming “ATC issues and disruptive weather” in Florida for “a high volume of cancellations through the weekend.” ATC is air traffic control. The Dallas-based company advised affected travelers to check the status of their flights and take advantage of “self-service rebooking options” on its website.
ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021
Although Southwest said the issues are ATC and weather-related, other airlines were canceling far fewer flights than Southwest. On Saturday, for example, American Airlines canceled 66 flights nationwide, according to FlightAware.
Arizona Family is working to find out more about the cancellations.