Southwest Airlines expects severe winter weather in the United States to continue to disrupt air travel for at least a few days or longer. The airline said it will operate at a reduced capacity on Tuesday and Wednesday due to severe weather conditions in most parts of the country.
Southwest has already canceled thousands of flights last weekend and Monday. Before Tuesday, nearly 2,500 flights will be cut in the US. In an interview with a business magazine The Wall Street Journal CEO Bob Jordan said it was the worst weather disruption he had ever seen.
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Southwest canceled more flights compared to other airlines like American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. And many flights were delayed. This has brought the company criticism from US transportation officials. The Department of Transportation said it would investigate Southwest’s high number of canceled flights.
Dozens of deaths have already occurred in the US due to strong winds, extreme cold and heavy snow, for example people freezing to death in snow-covered cars. The storm caused inconvenience for millions of Americans who went on Christmas vacations. Many Americans travel on New Year’s Eve to visit family and friends.
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Passengers flying from Schiphol to North America are not affected by severe winter weather. According to the flight schedule, flights to North American destinations such as New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Calgary and Toronto will continue. A Schiphol spokesperson says that sometimes flights from North America are delayed. Airline KLM has announced that flights to the US will continue as scheduled for the time being.
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