October 21, 2021

Southwest Airlines Pilots Union Says Faulty I.T. Caused Flight Cancellations

Southwest Airlines pilots’ union blames the corporate’s mass cancellations on ongoing I.T. issues, which have plagued the airways for years.

As of Monday, greater than 2,000 Southwest flights had been canceled since Friday. This has left 1000’s of passengers stranded and unaware of when they may attain their locations. Many have pointed to the airline’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate as the rationale for the delays, contemplating that they started instantly after the pilot’s union tried to dam the order—nonetheless, Capt. Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Affiliation, mentioned that the true challenge is “operational difficulties” that they’ve warned the corporate about for years.

“It’s been going on for years, and of course, this Summer was a prime example, and then this weekend. Our issue is, there is a lot of internal processes at Southwest that are failing. It’s I.T. related as well, and what we’re not seeing really are solutions to what’s occurring,” Murray defined. He warned that Southwest would proceed to face mass cancellations and outages if it refused to replace its I.T. system quickly.

Relating to the union’s transfer to dam the airline COVID-19 mandate, Murray says they have been solely attempting to get the corporate to “have some discussions around the vaccine,” because the long-term medical results stay unknown to many pilots and different workers.