Airlines have canceled nearly 3,000 more flights in the US as the travel woes continue

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Thousands of canceled flights have stretched into the week leading up to New Year’s Day after a winter storm disrupted travel over the Christmas weekend.

After more than 4,000 flights were canceled on Monday and nearly 5,000 more grounded on Sunday, nearly 3,000 U.S. flights have been canceled so far. According to FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines passengers were hit hardest, with the airline canceling 2,571 flights – or 63 percent of its schedule. This number is much higher than any other airline in the world on Tuesday. The second highest number of canceled flights worldwide was for China Eastern Airlines, which canceled 638 flights.

Southwest did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Earlier this week, Southwest CEO Bob Jordan called the disruptions “the biggest event I’ve ever seen.” Interview with the Wall Street Journal. In this interview, he added that the company will operate in about a third of its usual schedule to bring the crew and aircraft to suitable geographical positions. The reduced schedule was scheduled through Thursday, and Jordan said at the time that it could be extended.

Southwest Consultations This week it noted that the company was uniquely affected Winter Storm Elliott, the huge snow and wind system that has left more than 50 dead so far. “Ongoing challenges are impacting our customers and employees significantly, which is unacceptable,” Southwest said in its latest advisory, updated Monday.

The company added: “Our heartfelt apologies for this matter have only just begun.

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