Southwest grounds flights, denies ‘sick-out’

Several hundred more flights were canceled Monday after a weekend of major disruptions blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The company and its pilots' union denied reports of a sickout to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

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National News

October 12, 2021 - 9:56 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled several hundred more flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. Both the company and its pilots’ union denied reports of a sickout to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

Southwest canceled more than 360 flights — 10% of its schedule for the day — on Monday, and more than 800 others were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service.

Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. briefly fell more than 4% before a partial recovery; they were down 3% by afternoon.

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