Southwest’s nationwide cancellations having minimal impact at RDU

Wake County News

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — While hundreds of Southwest Airlines have been canceled nationally, it’s having a minimal impact at RDU International Airport.

Southwest Airlines blamed air traffic control issues and weather for the problems. CBS 17 checked the flight listings at RDU and as of noon, no flights have been canceled.

The cancellations elsewhere have had some Triangle travelers worried.

“I’m pretty on top of it in general so I try to check pretty regularly and plan ahead but obviously, I probably gave it a couple extra looks,” said Ian Sourk, who flew from RDU to Tampa Monday afternoon.

“We found out our flight was delayed already but not canceled so we’re very happy about that,” said John and Karen Shipley ahead of their flight to Texas.

Airport officials say Southwest is RDU’s third-largest carrier behind Delta and American.

Southwest officials later Monday released a statement to CBS 17 about the issues:

Southwest Airlines extends a tremendous apology to our Customers and Employees for the flight cancellations and delays which occurred over the weekend and on Monday.

On Friday evening, the airline ended the day with numerous cancellations, primarily created by weather and other external constraints, which left aircraft and Crews out of pre-planned positions to operate our schedule on Saturday. Unfortunately, the out-of-place aircraft and continued strain on our Crew resources created additional cancelations across our point-to-point network that cascaded throughout the weekend and into Monday.

While we do not have specific airport numbers to share, Southwest Teams have been working diligently to restore stability to the network, and we are experiencing less disruptions on Monday. We hope to restore our full schedule as soon as possible. As a note, the operational challenges were not a result of Southwest Employee demonstrations, as some outlets are reporting.

To every Customer that experienced a cancellation or delay, Southwest offers our sincerest regret regarding disrupted travel plans, and we look forward to a future opportunity to demonstrate our safe, reliable, friendly, and legendary Southwest Hospitality – something that Customers should always expect from Southwest Airlines. 

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