Bumped, canceled and delayed: Airline passengers facing a rocky summer travel season

Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago. American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018. American Airline


Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago. American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018. American Airline
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Bumped, canceled and delayed: Airline passengers facing a rocky summer travel season

Travelers wait for flights as an American Airlines Group Inc. plane sits during an event to mark the opening of five new gates inside Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, Illinois.

U.S. airlines have been bumping travelers at three times the rate of a year ago as hundreds of out-of-service planes force passengers to play a game of musical chairs at the airport.

Carriers denied boarding to 6,589 passengers in the three months ended in June, a rate of 0.3 per 10,000 passengers, compared with a rate of 0.1 for every 10,000 in the same period a year ago, the Department of Transportation said Thursday. That rate refers to travelers whom airlines bump, but not passengers who take a different flight voluntarily.

It’s a small number of affected travelers compared with the 215 million passengers who boarded planes in the U.S., but it is partially driven by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, now in its sixth month. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines each have the planes in their fleet and have had to cut their growth and cancel thousands of flights as federal regulators haven’t cleared the jets to fly after two fatal crashes, the most recent an Ethiopian Airlines jet in March.

Airline passengers, flying in what is expected to be the busiest summer travel season on record, are confronting increases in canceled flights, the DOT data show. U.S. airlines canceled 2.4% of their schedules in the first six months of the year, up from 1.7% a year ago.

American Airlines in June canceled 7,218 flights, about 4% of its scheduled operation and more than any other U.S. carrier. Overall, airlines canceled close to 15,000 flights in June, 19% more than in June 2018.

Fort Worth-based American, which has about 6,700 flights a day, is in the midst of a protracted dispute with the unions that represent its roughly 12,000 mechanics. The carrier is seeking damages from the unions, which it has accused of an “illegal work slowdown” to win leverage in contract talks, a move it said has forced it to cancel 950 flights over the past two months because of out-of-service planes.

“Our biggest challenge in the operation continues to be out-of-service aircraft,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. “This reduces our ability to start the day right and to swap aircraft when needed as the day goes on. American Airlines team members are working diligently to take care of our customers during a challenging summer.”

Flight delays have also increased. On-time arrivals fell to 73.3% in June, down from 76.4% a year earlier.


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Labor tensions flare at American Airlines over hundreds of canceled flights

Maintenance workers cover the engine of an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 737 Max plane outside of a maintenance hangar at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. A U.S. federal court in Texas this week issued a permanent injuncti


Maintenance workers cover the engine of an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 737 Max plane outside of a maintenance hangar at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. A U.S. federal court in Texas this week issued a permanent injuncti
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Labor tensions flare at American Airlines over hundreds of canceled flights

Maintenance workers cover the engine of an American Airlines Group Inc. Boeing Co. 737 Max plane outside of a maintenance hangar at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

American Airlines has accused the unions representing its mechanics of a purposeful work slowdown to win leverage in contract talks, which it said caused more than 900 flight cancellations over the last two months. Now the airline wants compensation from the unions.

A U.S. federal court in Texas this week issued a permanent injunction against the mechanics unions for the slowdown that American alleged in a suit this spring. A day later, Fort Worth-based American Airlines, said it would seek damages from the unions — the Transport Workers Union of America and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers — saying they violated earlier court orders to resume usual work levels.

The unions, which represent the airline’s more than 12,000 mechanics, have denied the allegations.

The unions have caused “enormous financial losses to American, and untold harm in lost customer good will,” American said in its filing Tuesday. It said the amount would be determined at a hearing.

The cancellations and more than 200 delays of over two hours are compounding operational challenges at American, which like Southwest and United, has canceled thousands of flights since its new Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded in mid-March after two fatal crashes.

American last month said the Max grounding, which is now in its six month, and the mechanics’ dispute drove up its nonfuel costs in the second quarter by 5% from a year earlier.

The airline’s stock has trailed its closest competitors this year, falling 18% on Wednesday to a three-year low. Delta is up close to 15%, Southwest has risen more than 3% and United is down close to 3%.

“It would make no sense to not comply” with the judge’s orders to work at a regular pace, said TWU President John Samuelsen, adding that by complying “we will achieve contract justice for American Airlines workers.”

Work groups across airlines are clamoring for higher wages and better working conditions as the industry, better known for boom-and-bust cycles, heads toward its 10th consecutive year of profits.

Earlier this year, Southwest had a similar dispute with its mechanics, but later reached a contract with the group, their first in more than six years, and a higher pay raise than Southwest offered in previous rounds of negotiations.


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Hong Kong airport cancels all flights for the remainder of the day due to protests

Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests. The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The air


Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests. The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The air
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Hong Kong airport cancels all flights for the remainder of the day due to protests

Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest terminals, has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to protests.

The airport authority said Monday it had canceled all flights not yet checked in by the afternoon. Around 5,000 anti-government protesters had been demonstrating at the airport for a fourth day on Monday. Some activists had reportedly moved to the departure area and caused disruption, according to the Hong Kong police. The police declined to say if it would move to clear the demonstrators.

The airport authority said in a statement: “Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today.”

“The traffic to the airport is very congested, and the car park spaces at all car parks are already full. Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport,” it added. It later advised all passengers to leave the terminal building as soon as possible.

The increasingly violent protests since June have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious crisis in decades and are one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.


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Apple canceled AirPower, but a partner built something pretty close

Apple cancelled its wireless charging mat, called AirPower, in March. It was supposed to charge an iPhone, AirPods and the Apple Watch at the same time. Mophie on Friday announced the 3-in-1 wireless charging pad that can wirelessly power AirPods, an Apple Watch and an iPhone at the same time. Unlike Apple’s design, which appeared more seamless and would have allowed you to rest the Apple Watch on AirPower, Mophie’s has a dedicated and traditional Apple Watch stand. The pad costs $139.95 and is


Apple cancelled its wireless charging mat, called AirPower, in March. It was supposed to charge an iPhone, AirPods and the Apple Watch at the same time. Mophie on Friday announced the 3-in-1 wireless charging pad that can wirelessly power AirPods, an Apple Watch and an iPhone at the same time. Unlike Apple’s design, which appeared more seamless and would have allowed you to rest the Apple Watch on AirPower, Mophie’s has a dedicated and traditional Apple Watch stand. The pad costs $139.95 and is
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Apple canceled AirPower, but a partner built something pretty close

Apple cancelled its wireless charging mat, called AirPower, in March. It was supposed to charge an iPhone, AirPods and the Apple Watch at the same time.

Now, Mophie will sell the next-best thing for Apple. It’s wireless charger that can power all three devices, but with a different design.

Mophie on Friday announced the 3-in-1 wireless charging pad that can wirelessly power AirPods, an Apple Watch and an iPhone at the same time.

Unlike Apple’s design, which appeared more seamless and would have allowed you to rest the Apple Watch on AirPower, Mophie’s has a dedicated and traditional Apple Watch stand. The pad costs $139.95 and is available from Apple and Mophie’s websites now, but will also be available in Apple Stores beginning next week.

The mat provides 7.5W of power for wireless devices that use the Qi standard, which means it will work with both iPhones and Android phones, or any product that uses Qi charging. However, it doesn’t support up to 15W of power, which some Android devices can use to charge even faster.

Other companies, like Nomad, sell similar products for the same price, but they don’t have the same placement on Apple’s website, which gives Mophie a leg up among people who shop in Apple Stores and on Apple’s website for accessories.


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Southwest removes Boeing 737 Max from flight schedule through early August as grounding persists

There’s no timetable for the return of the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. Other major airlines like American and United have canceled thousands of flights because of prolonged groundings. American, which operates 24 Max planes and has 76 more on order, canceled roughly 1,200 flights in March. United has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s in its fleet, and like American, has canceled 737 Max flights through


There’s no timetable for the return of the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. Other major airlines like American and United have canceled thousands of flights because of prolonged groundings. American, which operates 24 Max planes and has 76 more on order, canceled roughly 1,200 flights in March. United has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s in its fleet, and like American, has canceled 737 Max flights through
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Southwest removes Boeing 737 Max from flight schedule through early August as grounding persists

There’s no timetable for the return of the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix.

Other major airlines like American and United have canceled thousands of flights because of prolonged groundings. American, which operates 24 Max planes and has 76 more on order, canceled roughly 1,200 flights in March. United has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s in its fleet, and like American, has canceled 737 Max flights through June 5.

“The limited number of customers, who have already booked their travel and will be affected by this amended schedule, are being proactively notified so that we can reaccommodate their flight plans well in advance of their travel date,” Southwest President Tom Nealon said in a statement.


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Epic storm brings blizzard, rain and tornado threat to more than 25 states in US

Blowing snow forced major highways to close in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. About 1,000 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and nearly 40 more were canceled at Colorado Springs. “It caught me completely off guard,” said Sarah Brin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was stranded at the Denver airport. Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said. The storm was expected to drop up to 22 inches


Blowing snow forced major highways to close in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. About 1,000 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and nearly 40 more were canceled at Colorado Springs. “It caught me completely off guard,” said Sarah Brin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was stranded at the Denver airport. Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said. The storm was expected to drop up to 22 inches
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Epic storm brings blizzard, rain and tornado threat to more than 25 states in US

Blowing snow forced major highways to close in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. About 1,000 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport, and nearly 40 more were canceled at Colorado Springs.

“It caught me completely off guard,” said Sarah Brin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was stranded at the Denver airport. It was supposed to be a brief layover on her flight home from the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but it turned into an overnight stay.

She booked a room in a downtown hotel and reserved a spot on a shuttle van. But some shuttle trips were canceled because of the weather.

“We’ll see if they actually show up,” she said.

Many schools and government offices closed for the day. Xcel Energy reported more than 200,000 customers lost electricity in the Denver area.

Severe thunderstorms in North Texas damaged buildings and flipped over small planes parked at an airport.

Nebraska was bracing for heavy rains.

Flooding forced evacuations in northeast Nebraska and western Iowa, including the Pierce Manor retirement home in Pierce, Nebraska. Residents of Avoca, Iowa, were filling sandbags to keep floodwaters from spreading, and the American Red Cross set up a shelter for anyone who was displaced.

Parts of seven states were under blizzard warnings, and 20 states were under some level of high wind alert, Carbin said. Tornadoes were possible on the storm’s eastern edge.

In New Mexico, high winds knocked 25 railroad freight cars off a bridge into a mostly dry riverbed near Logan, about 184 miles east of Albuquerque. No one was injured, the New Mexico State Police said.

A wind gust of 92 mph was recorded in the mountains northwest of Denver.

The storm was expected to drop up to 22 inches of snow in Wyoming, 14 inches in South Dakota and a foot in Colorado.

Forecasters said the winds would pile up snow into deep drifts. In the Denver suburb of Thornton, drivers were abandoning their vehicles in snow-clogged streets, police said.

The storm could last through Friday.

The culprit was a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado, the most pronounced dive since 1950, Carbin said. It was caused by a combination of the jet stream and normal conditions in the wind shadow of the Rockies.

Air rushed into the low-pressure area and then rose into the atmosphere.

“It’s like a vacuum cleaner, really,” Carbin said. And when that much air rushes higher into the atmosphere, it causes severe weather.

Tweeter has been reacting to the storm, keeping people informed and safe.


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Southwest’s maintenance problems are costing it millions a week, CEO says

The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination. More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled. On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site


The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination. More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled. On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site
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Southwest's maintenance problems are costing it millions a week, CEO says

The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination.

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents some 2,400 Southwest mechanics, said in a statement that its technicians are obligated by law to “protect everyone who steps on that aircraft and there is zero evidence presented of a non-legitimate discrepancy” by the mechanics.

More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled.

On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. In comparison, JetBlue had 12 canceled flights and United had eight.

“Customers are harmed. Our employees suffer through reduced profit sharing,” Kelly said at a transportation conference hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase. A spokesman for the airline declined to provide a more specific estimate of how much Southwest is losing from the issue. Analysts expect Southwest to post revenue of about $5.3 billion this quarter.

Kelly’s comments come a day after Southwest started selling flights to Hawaii from California, after the airline received federal approval last month to operate longer, over-water routes with its Boeing 737s.

Kelly later said in an interview with CNBC’s Closing Bell on Tuesday that the planes are also able to fly from North America to the United Kingdom but said that destinations there are not currently among the airline’s plans. The airline is interested in developing so-called code shares with other airlines, which would allow Southwest to fly one segment of a route and be able to sell tickets on another leg that is operated by another carrier, in order to widen its route network.


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Thousands scramble as flights from Pakistan to Europe are canceled due to conflict with India

Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight. Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday. Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlin


Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight. Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday. Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlin
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Thousands scramble as flights from Pakistan to Europe are canceled due to conflict with India

Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India.

Flights to and from London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt, and Rome had been scheduled to fly over Pakistani airspace on Thursday, Thai Airways said in a statement.

That left passengers scheduled to leave Thailand’s main Suvarnabhumi International Airport searching to find alternative flights early on Thursday. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight.

“Last night there were about 5,000 passengers who came to check-in but unable to fly, mostly Thai Airways,” Colonel Umnart Chomshai, superintendent of tourism police at Suvarnabhumi Airport, told Reuters.

Another airport official said a help center had been set up for stranded travelers.

Thai Airways said later on Thursday it would resume flights after gaining permission from China to use its airspace for nearly a dozen flights to Europe set to leave on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

However, it said all flights to and from Pakistan were cancelled. The airline operates one flight a day to Karachi and Lahore and four flights per week to Islamabad.

Thailand is among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving more than 38 million visitors last year.

Pakistan closed its airspace after India and Pakistan both claimed to have shot down the other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war.

World powers have urged restraint between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors, who have fought three wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday.

Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlines and British Airways, were forced to reroute flights.

On Thursday, Singapore Airlines said all of its Europe-bound flights would now continue as planned, without the need for refueling stops, and they would reroute to avoid the affected airspace as necessary.

Malaysia Airlines said on its website it was not currently flying over the affected airspace and was avoiding Pakistan and northern Indian airspace for flights to and from Europe until further notice.

Tensions have been running high since at least 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a Feb. 14 suicide car bombing claimed by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir.


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Winter storm grounds more than 1,000 US flights, airlines waive change fees

Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft. American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. More than 8


Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft. American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. More than 8
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Winter storm grounds more than 1,000 US flights, airlines waive change fees

Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.

American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft.

American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. Southwest Airlines, which doesn’t charge date-change fees, said it wouldn’t charge travelers the difference in fare if they changed their travel date flight due to the weather.

Federal forecasters expect the Washington, D.C,. area to receive up to 6 inches of snow Wednesday but that precipitation will change to ice and then rain, creating a messy evening commute. More than 800 flights scheduled to fly in or out of the three main airports that serve D.C. were canceled, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. The New York City area is forecast to receive less snow and also a wintry mix followed by rain. Airlines called off about 300 flights to and from the metropolitan area’s three main airports.


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Southwest Airlines grounds more jets due to maintenance issues

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination. Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily ope


Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination. Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily ope
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Southwest Airlines grounds more jets due to maintenance issues

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination.

Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily operation of more than 6,000 flights.

Southwest said some of the cancellations were due to poor weather. But the airline noted that the number of Boeing 737s it has taken out of service for maintenance was more than double the usual 20 out of about 750 planes that the airline expects to be removed for such issues each day. There has been “no common theme” among the problems with the aircraft, it said.

Southwest last week told its mechanics at bases including Las Vegas, Houston and Phoenix that because of the emergency they would have to show up for work. It warned they would risk termination if they didn’t follow company protocols, such as bringing a doctor’s note upon return to work after calling in sick. That “operational emergency” was extended to Dallas on Tuesday. The airline has been in contract talks with mechanics since 2012.

“Due to the emergency, we will direct employees alleging illness to provide a doctor’s note, on their first day back, indicating when the doctor was seen and confirming that the employee was unable to work on the dates he claimed illness,” Southwest maintenance director Lonnie Warren said in Tuesday’s memo.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-19  Authors: leslie josephs, ted s warren
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