As bad weather and a blamed bet between the country's largest domestic airline and its mechanic association, airline, Southwest Airlines was forced to cancel 440 flights Wednesday and delay 522, according to FlightAware data.
It could not be determined by the data how many were related to maintenance and how many as a result of a winter storm that disturbed travel along the east coast. The storm caused more than 1,000 aircraft in all.
Disruptions to Southwest's service, however, numbered more than any other airline on Wednesday and delays continued to rise through the afternoon. Cancellations accounted for 11 per cent of the entire Southwest fleet, and delays affected 1
The 440 cancellations are up from 191 canceled flights reported Tuesday.
Dallas-based Southwest did not answer specific questions, but a spokesman told Dallas Morning News that "the vast majority" of interrupted flights was due to the weather, while it was noted that the airline was still experiencing higher than average number of overseas aircraft .
"Security will always be our highest priority and we appreciate the patience of our employees and customers as we work through these operational challenges," a Southwestern spokesperson says.
America's most popular airline is on the sixth day of operational emergency , when the airline experiences long delays and an unusual number of grounded planes, on Tuesday, Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven apologized to customers in a statement that also owed the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association for the issues and said they "have a history of work disruption. "