NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Across the country more than a thousand Southwest Airlines flights were suddenly cancelled this weekend. That includes at least 22 arrival and departures at Nashville International Airport Sunday alone.
Southwest Airlines released an updated statement after News 2 asked how they were helping customers find new accommodations following the cancelled flights.
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. We’ve continued diligent work throughout the weekend to reset our operation with a focus on getting aircraft and Crews repositioned to take care of our Customers.
With fewer frequencies between cities in our current schedule, recovering during operational challenges is more difficult and prolonged.
We’re working diligently to accommodate our Customers as quickly as possible, and we are grateful for their patience. We’re offering Customers added flexibility to explore self-service rebooking options on Southwest.com, where they can get updates on the status of their travel. We know the frustration flight cancellations are creating for our Customers and Employees and we apologize, and we again thank everyone for patience as we work first to be safe, and second to be as quick as possible in solving disrupted plans.
According to the Fly Nashville website that tracks flights, since 11:45 this morning 11 arriving Southwest Airlines flights were cancelled and another 11 departing flights were also cancelled.
Those cancelled flights were arriving and departing from the following cities:
- Burbank, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Detroit, Michigan
- Fort Myers, Florida
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida
- St. Louis, Missouri
- San Jose, California
- Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Los Angeles, California
- Denver, Colorado
- Tampa, Florida
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Austin, Texas
- Panama City, Florida
- New York, New York
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News 2 has reached out to Southwest Airlines to ask how many customers and flights were impacted for this weekend. We’ll bring you that information as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BNA wanted to remind passengers to check the status of their flights before arriving at the airport.
The airline company released the following statement last night:
Air Traffic Control (ATC) issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend as we work to recover our operation. We’re working diligently to accommodate affected Customers as quickly as possible. We’re asking our Customers whose travel is affected travel to explore self-service rebooking options and check their flight status on Southwest.com.
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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.