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Southwest Airlines Didn't Cancel Over 2,500 Flights Because Of A Vaccine Mandate Protest – Jalopnik

Some of the speculation appears to be driven by the fact that other airlines didn’t have nearly the same number of cancelations as Southwest. But that’s exactly how it happened earlier this year when American and Spirit canceled and delayed thousands of flights while other airlines didn’t have issues.

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As noted by the Dallas Morning News, Southwest typically runs 40 percent to 50 percent of its entire fleet through Florida. So a disruption in Florida, such as bad weather, can cause chaos in the airline’s schedule.

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SWAPA union president Casey Murray confirms what the airline says, reports the Dallas Morning News:

While there have been employee protests over mandates, pilots union president Casey Murray said there was no effort by pilots to disrupt Southwest’s operations.

“We have the data from this weekend and our sick rates were exactly in line with where they were all summer with the same kind of operational disasters,” Murray said.

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The airline reportedly struggled to recover from its initial cancelations over the weekend. Pilots and flight attendants had trips rearranged to cover for cancelations. Some crew members hit their maximum working hours, forcing them to get rest while the airline found others that could fly. Incoming Southwest CEO Bob Jordan described the situation as planes and crews being in unexpected places.

The Federal Aviation Administration backed both the SWAPA union and the airline up:

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So if your Southwest Airlines flight got delayed or canceled, don’t blame flight crews. Southwest’s flights were delayed by bad weather and planes being in the wrong place at the wrong time, not by a protest.

 

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