250 Southwest Airlines flights cancelled or delayed nationwide after system outage
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter June 22, 2013 2:17AM
Updated: June 22, 2013 2:43AM
About 250 Southwest Airlines flights were cancelled or delayed nationwide after a system-wide outage prevented flights from departing.
The outage did not affect flights in the air, but forced Southwest Airlines to keep planes grounded, the airline said on its Twitter feed late Friday. The problem, which started about 11 p.m. Friday, was resolved about two hours later.
As of about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, the airline was using a backup system and flights were departing again, but with some delays, a spokesperson said.
Most of the impacted flights were in the Western portion of the United States. It is unclear how many flights were affected at Midway Airport.
“We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as we work diligently now to get people where they are supposed to be,” a spokesperson said via email early Saturday. “Because it is late and this is a slow ramp-up back to normalcy, there still could be some cancelations — but we’re working hard to get everyone in the air.”