Southwest Airlines Grounded due to Technical Failure

Southwest Airlines has grounded its flights across the US after experiencing a nationwide internal network outage last Monday.

Southwest claimed they experienced “intermittent performance issues” with a third-party weather app and were forced to cancel over 500 flights. 

The Federal Aviation Administration also announced that it had issued a temporary nationwide ground stop at Southwest Airlines’ request while the company worked to solve their problem. 

“Our Teams are working quickly to minimize flight disruptions and Customer impact,” said Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz.

Southwest announced that airline operations have resumed shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday and advised customers to check their site for flight statuses and schedules. 

“We are beginning to resume flight operations after our third-party weather data provider experienced intermittent performance issues earlier this evening preventing transmission of weather information that is required to safely operate our aircraft,” said Southwest.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, more than a dozen Southwest flights have already resumed.  


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