Southwest Airlines says it is 'resuming normal operations' after technical issues

(NCS) — Southwest Airlines stated it was “resuming normal operations” and investigating the reason for technical issues that paused departing flights Tuesday afternoon.

The outage was the second technical problem in lower than 24 hours, and the airline stated it is “in the process of investigating the root cause of each event to determine the reason behind the technology issue.”

The airline advised NCS it canceled round 500 flights due to the difficulty. Data from the aviation monitoring web site FlightAware reported 966 delays and confirmed the cancellations and delays collectively affected 42% of Southwest’s schedule on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration stated it “issued a temporary nationwide ground stop at the request of Southwest Airlines while the company resolved a reservation computer issue.”

On Monday night, the airline’s third-party climate knowledge supplier skilled intermittent efficiency issues, grounding planes and delaying journey throughout the United States.

Delta and Alaska Airlines additionally reported laptop issues Monday that affected their capability to promote tickets.

Passengers throughout the nation took to social media to specific their frustration and demand solutions after the difficulty left some individuals grounded, stranded and caught on planes.

As the world has returned to pre-pandemic period air journey, flights have seen an uptick in issues, with the Federal Aviation Administration saying there have been 3,000 unruly passengers reported this 12 months.

Southwest stated the technical problem Monday prevented the transmission of climate info that is required to securely function their plane.

“While the vendor worked to restore connectivity, we implemented a ground stop to protect the safety of our crews and customers,” the assertion stated.

Southwest stated it was working to get all passengers to their locations as rapidly as doable.

Passengers had been delayed, stranded

Chris Martin, who was touring on Monday, advised NCS he was delayed for over two hours on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose, California, to Austin, Texas.

After tweeting concerning the airways outage issues and delays, he stated he was capable of board a flight however many others weren’t so fortunate.

“Lining up to board now, apparently they are releasing the weather paperwork city by city. This was a 5:55pm departure, now 8:17pm out here,” Martin advised NCS. “Twenty-two flights showing on the board delayed or canceled.”

Jason Goran, one other passenger who was touring from San Diego, California, to Houston, stated he sat on the aircraft for 2 hours due to the climate system outage.

“@SouthwestAir captain said we can’t take off because weather system for entire company is down?” Goran tweeted throughout the ordeal.

Goran stated the flight was scheduled to take off at 5:50 p.m. PT. By the time he spoke with NCS, it was 8:17 p.m. PT.

“It feels like we are about to take off,” he stated on the time. “They called us back to the plane but we haven’t pushed back yet.”

Patrick Miller stated after boarding his flight from Phoenix to Portland, Oregon, passengers needed to deplane after which reboard. “From boarding to deplaning, it (took) two hours,” Miller advised NCS.

He additionally tweeted about his delay, saying “Lots of hate being thrown at @SouthwestAir right now, but my flight attendants have been giving out water and people are allowed to deplane.”

People had been dropping their persistence due to the delay, he stated.

Other passengers, corresponding to Ryan Cesaitis, stated they had been capable of take off and land, however ended up caught on their planes as issues continued to plague the airline.

Cesaitis, who additionally shared his expertise on Twitter, advised NCS that he waited on the tarmac for 90 minutes after touchdown at Dallas Love Field from Phoenix.

Other airways additionally skilled issues

Delta advised NCS in a press release that its groups had been working to rapidly handle a technical problem that made it troublesome for patrons to buy flights on, the Fly Delta app and thru the corporate’s Reservation Call Center.

The capability to examine in for flights was not affected, in accordance with the assertion.

Alaska Airlines additionally skilled issues Monday. In a tweet to a buyer, the airline stated that its “booking page is down. Our team is working hard to get this resolved.”

A message on the Alaska Airlines booking page learn, “We are currently experiencing issues that affect shopping at, our mobile app and through our contact center. We are actively working with our partner that powers our shopping platform to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later.”

NCS reached out to Alaska Airlines for remark however has not but heard again.

NCS’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.