For at least the second time this winter, Southwest Airlines had trouble de-icing planes at Midway Airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. On Sunday, the Chicago Department of Aviation’s website showed cancellations of all Southwest Airlines flights departing Midway. A Southwest Airlines representative sent a written statement in response to inquiries regarding the flights. “Throughout the storms, we've actively worked to manage our glycol levels (used to de-ice aircraft) but due to the severity of the winter weather Southwest has proactively canceled about 220 flights as of midday Sunday,” the representative wrote. Additionally, in a response to a passenger question on Twitter about Midway, a Southwest representative wrote: “Due to having to de-ice many of our aircraft because of the weather, we are running low on de-icing fluid.” “Flights have been cancelled due to Operational challenges due to the lack of deicing fluid in Midway,” … [Read more...] about Day after Southwest canceled all flights at Midway, airline expects ‘close to normal operations’ Monday
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Cold and ice grounded more flights at Midway International Airport than any other place in the country Thursday morning. The unexpected change in travel plans sent passengers to social media to air their grievances. Southwest Airlines is the major carrier at Midway. It canceled nearly 90 flights and explained to passengers via Twitter that "operational challenges due to weather as well as de-icing" were responsible. Passengers showed a mix of biting criticism and disappointment in their social media interactions with Southwest Airlines representatives who took both a patient and humorous tone in responding. "Thanks for yet again an amazing day *extremely sarcastic voice,*" tweeted Marc Bubnick to the airline. "Sorry for any disappointment we may have caused, Marc," Southwest Airlines officials replied. "Can we help in any way? *extremely serious voice.*" Much of the social media interaction focused on helping passengers rebook flights. The good news is Southwest also told those … [Read more...] about Southwest cancels nearly 90 flights at Midway airport
Hurricane Harvey and its remnants have snarled flight schedules in Texas, forcing the days-long closures of Houston’s two busy airports while causing thousands of cancellations across the region.That’s bad news for fliers who have plans to fly to or through the region, but could fliers elsewhere be caught in a “ripple effect” from the storm?It is possible that fliers nationwide could encounter sporadic disruptions. A flight from Chicago to San Francisco, for example, could become delayed or canceled if the plane or crew scheduled to fly it gets knocked off track by the problems in Texas.FLIGHT TRACKER: Is your flight on time?However, airlines have become more aggressive in trying to prevent that scenario in recent years. That’s why it’s more common to see large blocks of preemptive cancellations these days; it’s all part of the industry’s efforts to contain weather-related ripple effects during extreme storms.By grounding flights … [Read more...] about Will Harvey affect your flight plans?
The biggest and best solar eclipse in American history is coming soon to a sky near you. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast. It will be the first total eclipse visible only in the USA since the country's founding in 1776. The eclipse will start on the West Coast in Oregon and trace a 67-mile wide path east across the country, exiting the East Coast in South Carolina. Get prepared for this spectacular celestial moment and study up with some of the best content from the USA TODAY Network.Procrastinators, rejoice. Whether you're looking for a motel room or just a place to pitch your tent, you still have a few options for a place to stay across the country. One caveat: It'll likely cost you. One motel in Casper, Wyo., just raised its nightly starting rate for the event from $890 to $1,495. And some Airbnb's are going for more than $5,000 a night. You may just be plain out of luck in some places. Most, if not … [Read more...] about Solar Eclipse 2017: Where to find hotels, how to photograph and why class is canceled
Flight schedules were improving Wednesday as airlines tried for a quick restart to their operations after a powerful late-season winter storm made a mess of air travel during the past week.More than 9,000 flights have been canceled nationwide since Sunday. There were more than 6,200 alone on Tuesday, by far the day with the most disruptions.But things were looking better Wednesday. Nationwide, about 1,000 flights had been canceled as of 8 a.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The bulk of those were at airports in the Northeast, where schedules at some major airports were virtually grounded the day before.FLIGHT TRACKER: Is your flight on time? | ASK THE CAPTAIN: How airlines recover after snow stormsIN PICTURES: 30 cool aviation photos (story continues below)“At this point, we're seeing more arrivals than departures as airlines begin flying into the impacted airports and (resume) service,” FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said in a … [Read more...] about Snow: Finally, a recovery day after 9,000 flight cancellations?
Southwest Airlines flight attendants picketed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and other major airports around the country Monday to protest what they see as the airline's focus on stockholders over employees and travelers.The picketing by members of Transport Workers Union Local 556, who are in prolonged contract negotiations with the airline, follows Southwest's unprecedented computer meltdown on July 20, which forced the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights and stranded travelers and employees around the country for a few days.The protest in Phoenix and nine other major Southwest hubs — the first organized by flight attendants since 2003 — was planned before the computer outage but underscores how Southwest's systems are maxed out and not getting the attention they deserve, union representatives say. Dozens of flight attendants were joined by Southwest pilots, mechanics and other employees, as well … [Read more...] about Southwest workers picket at Sky Harbor
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly apologized for his company's nationwide system meltdown Thursday, even as travel nightmares lingered from the computer outage.The airline, which has a major hub in Phoenix, said most of its computer issues had been fixed, but announced it had canceled another 450 flights at 12:30 p.m. Phoenix time Thursday. That number was up from 300 earlier in the day, and due largely because flight crews and aircraft were not in the right cities and airports. Passengers remain stranded across the country, and Southwest is offering "flexible rebooking" to those who hold tickets through Sunday.But customers reported and complained of hold times 90 minutes or greater as they attempted to rebook flights.Ironically, the problems began the day before the airline announced record profits of $820 million in the second quarter.More than 700 flights were canceled Wednesday, and an estimated 2,000 were delayed..“I want to apologize to … [Read more...] about Southwest flight cancellations grow to 450 Thursday; failed router to blame
THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED. THE LATEST UPDATE IS HERE. Flight cancellations have soared as Hurricane Matthew nears toward the Florida coastline, with preemptive cancellations now extending as far out as Saturday.As of 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday, airlines had canceled more than 3,785 flights nationwide for a period stretching from Wednesday through Saturday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.More than half of flights to and from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale are cancelled today although we expect most airlines to resume service tomorrow," said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware. "Orlando is expected to close this evening through Friday, so all flights are cancelled."FLIGHT TRACKER: Is your flight on time?It's likely a small number of those cancellations were because of problems elsewhere, but more than 2,000 of those were made preemptively while Matthew was still churning through the Caribbean. And the cancellation tally of … [Read more...] about Hurricane Matthew: Airline cancellations soar to 3,785 through Saturday
A football sized hole opened up in the passenger cabin of a Southwest jet over West Virginia, triggering an emergency landing - and immediate inspections of some 200 planes. Travelers aboard the Boeing 737 on Monday could see straight through the square-foot hole, which formed on the aircraft's ceiling. The cabin lost pressure, but no one was hurt on the Nashville to Baltimore flight carrying 126 passengers and five crew members. The discount airline has long operated at Islip's MacArthur Airport and earlier this year opened up shop at LaGuardia. Passenger Brian Cunningham told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday he had dozed off in his seat and then was aroused by "the loudest roar I'd ever heard." He said the hole was above his seat. People stayed calm and put on the oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling. "After we landed in Charleston, the pilot came out and looked up through the hole, and everybody applauded, shook his hand, a couple of people gave him hugs," Cunningham … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines Flight 2294 lands in West Virginia with football-sized hole in fuselage
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria forced American Airlines to cancel more than 8,000 flights and reduced pre-tax earnings $75 million in the third quarter, the carrier announced Thursday.Southwest Airlines also said Thursday that Harvey and Irma, along with earthquakes in Mexico, forced it to cancel 5,000 flights and reduced revenue by $100 million during July, August and September.The earnings reports capped results from the five largest airlines that canceled a combined 23,500 flights, without a specific figure from Delta Air Lines. Southwest, JetBlue and United reported $350 million in revenue losses from natural disasters. Delta reported a $120 million decline in net income, added to American's $75 million reduction in pre-tax earnings.“We’re proud of everyone in the industry for what they all did, including our competitors," American CEO Doug Parker told investors Thursday. “We made a big difference, including our competitors." More: Hurricanes … [Read more...] about American, Southwest canceled 13,000 canceled flights for Sept. natural disasters