DON’T USE SOUTHWEST AS A SCAPEGOAT. There were many transportation problems across the country during this strange holiday season. This was the worst travel/transportation Christmas season ever. Has anyone given any thought that God is punishing the church and the government, thus the nation, because we now live in a country where the transportation secretary is a homosexual man married to a man? Could it be that God has confounded things so people could not even go and do what they wanted to do for CHRISTMAS, which we commemorate as Christ’s birthday, Who happens to be the Son of God Who came to die for our sins, Who was buried and rose on the third day? If you have never thought about that you probably need to think about that because strange and bad things like that have been happening since the church, the government, and the Supreme Court have colluded together to sanction the abomination of homosexuality and homosexual marriage, and God has been chastising us starting with the coronavirus plague, which is still here because it is what the Bible calls a plague of “long continuance,” and is about to get worse, along with the addition of many other plagues, such as monkey pox.
A punishing winter storm that dumped multiple feet of snow across much of America led to widespread flight cancellations over the Christmas holiday. By Monday, air travel was more or less back to normal – unless you booked your holiday travel with Southwest Airlines.
About 87% of Tuesday’s US flight cancellations are Southwest, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Southwest canceled more than 2,500 flights. The next highest: Spirit Airlines, with 83.
Southwest warned that it would continue canceling flights until it could get its operations back on track. The company’s CEO said this has been the biggest disruption he’s seen in his career. The Biden administration is investigating.
Southwest had a combination of bad luck and bad planning.
The storm hit Chicago and Denver hard, where Southwest has two of its biggest hubs – Chicago Midway airport and Denver International airport.
More bad luck: The storm hit just as the so-called tripledemic surged across America, leaving people and their families sick with Covid, the flu and RSV. Although Southwest says it was fully staffed for the holiday weekend, illness makes adjusting to increased system stress difficult. Many airlines still lack sufficient staff to recover when events like bad weather cause delays or flight crews max out the hours they’re allowed to work under federal safety regulations.
But Southwest (LUV) also hurt itself with an aggressive schedule and by underinvesting in its operations.
Southwest’s schedule includes shorter flights with tighter turnaround times, which are causing some of the problems, Kathleen Bangs, a FlightAware spokesperson, told CNN.
“Those turnaround times bog things down,” Bangs said.
Stranded customers have been unable to get through to Southwest’s customer service lines to rebook flights or find lost baggage.
Source: CNN, David Goldman
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