Southwest Airlines cancelations – 1,800 more flight delays due to air traffic control issues in Florida and bad weather

SOUTHWEST Airlines has been forced to cancel some 1,800 flights due to air traffic control issues and bad weather.

Travel plans for thousands of customers have been thrown into question as the company has slashed more than a quarter of its schedule since Friday night – blaming problems in Florida.

In a note on Saturday, Alan Kasher, who oversees daily flight operations, told staff the Federal Aviation Administration has enforced a air traffic management program – leading to hundreds of flights being ditched, reports NBC.

The Dallas-based airline apologized to customers for the long delays.

Bosses said they hoped "to return to close to normal operations as we move into Sunday" in a statement on Saturday.

"We are working hard behind the scenes to minimize challenges and fully recover the operation as we take care of displaced Crews and Customers as quickly as possible," the company said.

More than 1,800 flights have been canceled over the weekend, with 808 shelved just on Saturday according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines has addressed the issue on Twitter, encouraging affected customers to rebook.

"ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation," the tweet reads

"We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual.

"If your travel was affected, please explore self-service rebooking options by checking your flight status on http://southwest.com."

It comes after a system outage left 500 of the airline's flights grounded and sparked huge delays after the network glitched for the second time in 24 hours in June.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the airline's entire fleet had been grounded due to “technology issues” on June 15 after a weather system crash left thousands stuck the night before.

The company's social media team also scrambled to address complaints on Twitter.

They wrote to one customer: "We're so sorry for the delay. Our team is working hard to get you on your way as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience."

Another post read: "Without a doubt, delays are frustrating for everyone involved, especially our Customers. We apologize for the inconvenience today. Please hang in there with us and we’ll get you on your way soon."

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