BREAKING: Southwest Airlines flights grounded amid IT issue

18 April 2023

Southwest Airlines halted all of its operations on Tuesday morning, citing “intermittent technology issues.”

More than 1,249 flights, or 30% of the airline’s schedule, were delayed as of 11 a.m. ET, although that number was expected to increase throughout the day.

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The airline said on Twitter that it did not have an estimated time frame for the issues to be resolved.

In a separate tweet, the FAA confirmed that Southwest had “requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures.” The airline did not immediately return TPG’s request for comment.

The grounding comes as Southwest continues to try and reassure customers, regulators and investors following an operational meltdown during the recent holiday travel period.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Check back for more.

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