Southwest Airlines cancels more flights at DIA on Monday

Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds more flights Monday, including many in Denver, following a weekend full of travel pains.

According to Flightaware, the airline has canceled 360 flights Monday and delayed another 587 flights nationwide. In Denver, there have been 42 flight cancelations and 57 flights with delays.

On Sunday, Southwest canceled more than 1,124 flights nationwide, including 155 flights into or out of Denver, according to the same flight-tracking website.

In social media posts the carrier blamed, “air traffic control issues and disruptive weather.”

This is not the first time Southwest has struggled in the past few months with a high number of delayed and canceled flights. Nearly 100 flights were canceled in one day this June at DIA due to a “network connectivity issue.”

In August, Southwest announced it was cutting back on its September schedule by 27 flights a day and 162 flights a day, or 4.5% of the schedule, from early October through early November.

Southwest released a news statement Sunday, pinpointing the beginning of the issue in Florida.

“We experienced weather challenges in our Florida airports at the beginning of the weekend, challenges that were compounded by unexpected air traffic control issues in the same region, triggering delays and prompting significant cancellations for us beginning Friday evening,” the statement said. “… With fewer frequencies between cities in our current schedule, recovering during operational challenges is more difficult and prolonged.”

Southwest was the latest airline to announce a vaccine mandate on its staff when it did so last week. The company said its workers must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 in order to remain in their roles.

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