by Donald Wood
on April 18, 2023 Last updated: 11:10 AM ET, Tue April 18, 2023
Southwest Airlines plane at the gate. (photo via Eric Bowman)Southwest Airlines grounded all flights on Tuesday due to a
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southwest
officials requested the federal agency temporarily pause the carrier’s departures
due to “intermittent technology issues.”Southwest Airlines requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures. Please contact Southwest Airlines for more.
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) April 18, 2023A spokesperson for the airline said on Twitter that
Southwest was forced to “implement a ground stop as a result of intermittent
issues that were experienced,” and that the company was hoping to resume
operations as soon as possible.We have had to implement a ground stop as a result of intermittent issues that were experienced, and we should hopefully be resuming our operation as soon as possible. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we’ll be here for you if you need any assistance. -Katy
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) April 18, 2023
Users across social media reported the nationwide ground
stop was impacting flight schedules, with FlightAware.com reporting over
1,500 delays as of 11:05 a.m. ET. The delays are expected to carry on throughout
the remainder of the day as the company works to remedy the situation. Southwest continues to face heavy criticism after a technology
failure during the busy winter holiday travel period resulted in more than
16,000 flight cancellations.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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