Southwest Airlines Pushes Canceled Flights Back to Weekend at Orlando International Airport
The saga continues when it comes to a particular airline this Christmas season. Southwest Airlines just announced they are unable to get guests out of Orlando International Airport until the weekend.
If you’ve been following social media, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the chaos ensuing at airports, particularly relating to Southwest Airlines. Guest upon guest has shared their tale of woe on TikTok and other platforms.
From stranded families to luggage fiascos, it hasn’t been the merriest of seasons when it comes to travel. According to Fox 35, a whopping 2,886 flights were canceled on Monday, making up 70% of Southwest’s scheduled flights.
Many airlines have been forced to cancel or delay due to the winter storm impacting the country. Unfortunately, Southwest seems to be taking first prize when it comes to inconveniencing guests.
The airlines state that they are doing the best they can to rebook as many customers as possible. Guests have the option to ask for a refund and receive a credit.
Although the weather is to blame, many find fault with the way Southwest is handling the situation. Rebooking depends on available seating open on flights.
For many, the earliest rebooking date was Saturday, December 31. Passengers cannot understand why the airlines didn’t inform them prior to their arrival.
Several learned about problems upon entering the airport for departure. Southwest delayed 48% of flights Sunday, and 16% Monday.
As of today, 60% of scheduled flights have been canceled. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that the rate of canceled flights is “unacceptable.”
Southwest Airlines states that “with consecutive days of extreme winter weather across our network behind us, continuing challenges are impacting our Customers and Employees in a significant way that is unacceptable.”
Orlando International Airport
BREAKING: Southwest Airlines just announced over the PA system at @MCO that if you have a cancelled flight, they won't be able to get you out until SATURDAY at the earliest. @fox35nestor @fox35orlando https://t.co/2hqowcLW64
— Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 (@Fox35Amy) December 27, 2022
Southwest added that it will continue operating at about one-third of its schedule for the next several days. Amy Kaufeldt at Fox 35 recently tweeted that Southwest announced that they are unable to get canceled flights out of Orlando International Airport until Saturday at the earliest.
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