AA / Ankara
US airline Southwest Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 2,000 flights since last Friday due to weather disruptions and air traffic control issues.
According to data compiled by the website, FlightAware, the largest low-cost carrier in the United States on Monday canceled more than 300 flights as Americans celebrate “Columbus Day”.
Alan Kasher, a senior executive at the company, in a note to employees, apologized for the massive disruption.
“Sorry for the difficulties you and our customers are having, once again,” he said. He reiterated the company’s position, noting that bad weather in Florida and air traffic control issues are behind the cancellations.
This explanation was partially refuted by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), which said in a statement that “no shortage of FAA personnel in air traffic has been reported since Friday.”
“Flight delays and cancellations took place for a few hours on Friday afternoon due to widespread severe weather, military training and limited personnel in an area of central Jacksonville en route, the FAA said. on Twitter. Some airlines continue to face scheduling difficulties due to lack of planes and crews. “
Massive flight cancellations fueled speculation, including the walkout of employees not vaccinated against Covid-19 announced last week by the Southwest company.
“Southwest Airlines must join its industry peers in complying with the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccination directive,” Gary Kelly, president and CEO of the company, said in a statement. I encourage all Southwest employees to comply with the federal directive as quickly as possible, because we value every individual and want to ensure job security for all. “
* Translated from English by Alex Sinhan Bogmis
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