Low-cost airline Southwest cancels 65% of its flights

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Southwest Airlines has canceled about 65% of its flights and it could take days to “get back on track” as the holiday travel chaos continues.

The airline led the way with the most cancellations on Monday, with 2,645, according to FlightAware. At Christmas, Southwest canceled 42% of its flights, or 1,635.

Bob Jordan, CEO of Southwest, told employees it could take days for the airline to resume normal operations.

“The winter storm was unprecedented across our entire network,” Jordan said in a statement obtained by the Wall Street Journal. “And there are consequences for that…just trying to get the network back to normal.

Southwest canceled about 65% of its flights on Monday

Southwest canceled about 65% of its flights on Monday

The company's CEO told the team that it could take days to

The company’s CEO told staff it could take days to “get back on track” as airlines struggle with staffing issues and the winter storm.

Southwest’s volume of cancellations and delays was led by the storm and lack of preparation.

Southwest has an aircraft hub in Chicago and Denver, but both areas were significantly affected by the storm which led to planes being frozen.

Union representatives have alleged that flight attendants and other crew members are stranded in different US states after a series of cancellations.

The airline does not have their precise locations as the stranded workers took matters into their own hands and booked their own accommodations when the company failed to help in a timely manner.

“We have crews stuck and the schedule doesn’t know where they are,” Casey Murray, a union representative for the airlines, told the news outlet.

The CEO confirmed that the company’s scheduling platforms are not advanced enough for the current crisis.

Delta Airlines is the second major US-based airline with the most cancellations. Some 484 cancellations were reported by the airline on Monday and an additional 570 delays.

Airports in Denver, Atlanta, Chicago and Las Vegas are experiencing the most cancellations and delays.

Crew members are scattered and stranded in different areas of the country as more flights are canceled and delayed.

Crew members are scattered and stranded in different areas of the country as more flights are canceled and delayed.

Meanwhile, a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to San Francisco was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville on Monday morning with an engine problem as the holiday travel chaos continues.

The flight with 185 passengers and six crew on board landed after the pilot received an engine notification less than an hour after takeoff, a Delta spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

The crew decided to land at Nashville International Airport as a precaution. No one was injured on the flight and the plane landed without incident. Passengers waited there for more than three hours for another plane.

Travel chaos plagued the United States during the holiday weekend when a catastrophic storm hit, killing at least 55 people across the United States and Canada.

As of Monday, more than 2,519 flights were canceled in the US — and another 4,309 delayed, according to Flight Aware.

The flight was traveling from San Francisco to Atlanta when the crew received the notification about the engine (stock image)

The flight was traveling from San Francisco to Atlanta when the crew received the notification about the engine (stock image)

About 185 passengers and six crew were on board.  Passengers were dropped off at Nashville International Airport and were delayed for over three hours as they waited for another plane

About 185 passengers and six crew were on board. Passengers were dropped off at Nashville International Airport and were delayed for over three hours as they waited for another plane

A passenger on the San Francisco-bound flight called the incident “unnerving”.

“Just lost an engine on @Delta flight from Atlanta,” wrote Mark Katches on Twitter. “I haven’t even had my coffee yet.”

The Delta flight added to the chaotic list of problems for travelers trying to be with loved ones on vacation.

Tens of thousands of Americans were affected last week after a nationwide snowstorm dubbed a ‘bomb cyclone’ grounded flights and closed runways.

Passengers were forced to sleep on the floor as some airports closed their runways ‘indefinitely’, including at Seattle-Tacoma, where a storm hit on Dec. 23.

Thousands of people were trapped inside the airport on Friday and all nearby hotels are full. The airport’s runways were reopened on the same day.

Photos showed travelers with blankets while sleeping on chairs and other open areas.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport closed all runways and all flights were canceled due to freezing rain on Friday

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport closed all runways and all flights were canceled due to freezing rain on Friday

The storm caused thousands of flights to be canceled across the country and ruined Christmas for many Americans.

The storm caused thousands of flights to be canceled across the country and ruined Christmas for many Americans.

Passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Seattle airport after runways were closed.

Passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Seattle airport after runways were closed.

People were seen sleeping on the ground at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

People were seen sleeping on the ground at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Some travelers decided to avoid long flight delays and cancellations and took matters into their own hands.

Bridget Schuster, Greg Henry, Abby Radcliffe and Shobi Maynard were stranded at the Tampa, Florida airport on Dec. 22 after their flight home to Cleveland, Ohio was cancelled.

The four, who looked to be in their 20s, got together after meeting for the first time at the airport and decided to drive about 20 hours to Ohio instead of waiting for the first flight on Christmas Eve.

They shared their adventure on TikTok, racking up millions of views as they cruised past gas stations and rest stops, through blizzards and torrential downpours, before reaching home.

Greg Henry, Abby Radcliffe, Shobi Maynard and Bridget Schuster drove the 20 hours from Tampa to Cleveland to get home for Christmas after their flight was canceled on Dec.

Greg Henry, Abby Radcliffe, Shobi Maynard and Bridget Schuster drove the 20 hours from Tampa to Cleveland to get home for Christmas after their flight was canceled on Dec.

The only stops they made were for gas, food, and for people to use the restroom.  Above, snow angels with two hours to go

The only stops they made were for gas, food, and for people to use the restroom. Above, snow angels with two hours to go

An ongoing winter storm continues to envelop much of the United States, bringing record low temperatures for 200 million Americans, blinding blizzards, freezing rain and flooding.

The storm that arrived last week stretched from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the Mexican border.

In response to the severe weather, President Joe Biden said, ‘This is a really serious weather alert. Please take this storm extremely seriously.’

The NWS warned: ‘In some areas, being outdoors can lead to frostbite within minutes.’

Residents and travelers in the western US, including central California, can expect the storm to continue through Wednesday, with a cyclone and cold front moving inland.

Meanwhile, in Buffalo, another 36 inches of snow is forecast through Tuesday.

The city was hit by the bomb cyclone while the National Guard was sent in to help with the rescue effort. As of Monday afternoon, at least 27 people in upstate New York had died as a result of the storm.

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