Southwest Airlines Cancels Nearly 2,000 Flights This Weekend as Rumors Swirl Employees Are on Strike Due to Covid Vaccine Mandate

Southwest Airlines cancelled almost 2,000 flights on Saturday due to reports that workers are striking over Covid vaccine requirements.

Southwest workers have until December 8, 2008 to adhere to the Covid vaccination mandate.

Southwest has been able to control damage and thousands are now stuck because of the cancellations.

Southwest claims that the flight cancellations were due to Florida’s bad weather and problems with air traffic control. However, their competition in the area has reported far fewer cancellations.

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“We experienced significant impact in the Florida airports yesterday evening after an FAA-imposed air traffic management program was implemented due to weather and resulted in a large number of cancellations. We are working hard behind the scenes to minimize challenges and fully recover the operation as we take care of displaced Crews and Customers as quickly as possible.” – Southwest said in a statement.

WGN9 reported:

Numerous cancellations throughout the country have left hundreds of Southwest Airlines customers stranded.

Although the airline claims that delays caused by weather have been significant, some customers claim that it has caused major delays.

“When I got to the line they rescheduled me on a flight tonight at 9, but that one was just cancelled too,” flyer Wendie Kaminski said.

Flight cancellations caused confusion among passengers, who noticed that there was a dearth of staff at the airport.

According to passengers, they received very limited information from the airline.

“It’s only two employees, they only have two people checking you in for luggage and tickets,” customer Kasena Jackson said.

Customers heard from customers that some employees might have quit the job which could have contributed to delays.

“We also heard inside that Southwest has had a walkout due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” Kaminski said.