Southwest Airlines cancels 90 more flights nationwide Tuesday, 1 in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Southwest cancelations are spilling into another day. The airline says they will cancel 90 flights nationwide, one of those is supposed to be leaving General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and heading to Denver, Colorado.

Other flights are experiencing delays, which is not news some wanted to hear after already dealing with canceled flights over the weekend.

"On our way up here, we waited in airports 10 hours total," said Mary Daniel, a Southwest passenger. 

From Friday to Sunday, Southwest canceled nearly 2,000 flights. Kate Prouty had three flights canceled on her way to Milwaukee from Washington DC.  

"They canceled that flight after I was already checked in. I was already at the gate at about an hour and 15 minutes before the flight, and they canceled it," said Prouty. 

It cut a weekend visit with her daughter in half. 

"I was exhausted and upset," said Prouty, after spending 12 hours in an airport and eventually switching airlines.

Last week, the airline announced a vaccine mandate for employees, fueling speculation that the weekend delays may have been caused by a pilot walk-out.

Southwest sent CBS 58 a statement that says the issues were "primarily created by weather and other external constraints, which left aircraft and Crews out of pre-planned positions to operate our schedule on Saturday. Unfortunately, the out-of-place aircraft and continued strain on our Crew resources created additional cancellations."

"It seems like the other airlines were unaffected by the issues that they were citing, so to me it seems more like an internal problem with Southwest," said Prouty.

Southwest says they hope to restore their full schedule as soon as possible, but there has been no information on a timeline.


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