Southwest cancels forty three flights Friday, after CEO pledges full schedule, 'great operation'


 Southwest Airlines has canceled forty three flights and delayed 266 others on Friday regardless of its CEO showing on tv and vowing a "great operation" and "full schedule." 

That is 1% of its total flights canceled, however that's nonetheless greater than its rivals.

Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan made the remarks on ABC's "Good Morning America" as Southwest Airlines seems to be again on track following days when thousands of its flights were canceled within the aftermath of the Christmas weekend winter storm. 

"We are off to a nice begin today. I am watching the stats, and we have launched the East Coast, and we have a nice operation underway," Jordan said. "It’s our full schedule, 3,900-plus flights."

"We had a reduced schedule for about three days right here prior as we reset the network," he continued. "That reduced schedule the final two days had been running great, over 90% on time, only a few cancels. So I am very assured that we will function a actually tight operation today." 



As of round midday ET Friday, Southwest Airlines has canceled forty three flights, in comparison with the closest home rival, United Airlines, with 18, in accordance to FlightAware. 

Jordan’s feedback come hours after Fox News obtained a letter by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in which he criticized Southwest for the journey chaos and laid out 4 priorities he has for the airline. 

The priorities included: "Getting stranded passengers to their locations safely and quickly; offering or reimbursing passengers for meals, hotels and floor transportation to or from hotels; promptly refunding affected passengers for his or her canceled tickets ought to the passenger not settle for alternative offers such as rebooking; and ensuring that passengers are quickly reunited with their baggage."

Jordan said earlier within the week that Southwest was doing "everything we can to return to a regular operation." 

The airline’s "highly complex" community was thrown off by the winter storm as dozens of plane and crews fell out of position, he explained. 

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