Southwest Airlines Recovering from Operational Challenges

Southwest Airlines Working to Recover from Operational Challenges: Update 6 – Dec 26, 2022 With consecutive days of extreme winter weather across our network behind us, continuing challenges are impacting our Customers and Employees in a significant way that is unacceptable.

And our heartfelt apologies are just beginning.

We're working with Safety at the forefront to urgently address wide-scale disruption by rebalancing the airline and repositioning Crews and our fleet ultimately to best serve all who plan to travel with us.

We were fully staffed and prepared for the approaching holiday weekend when the severe weather swept across the continent, where Southwest is the largest carrier in 23 of the top 50 travel markets in the U.S. These operational conditions forced daily changes of an unprecedented volume and magnitude to our flight schedule and the tools our teams use to recover the airline remain at capacity.

This safety-first work is intentional, ongoing, and necessary to return to normal reliability, one that minimizes last-minute inconveniences. As we continue the work to recover our operation, we have made the decision to continue operating a reduced schedule by flying roughly one third of our schedule for the next several days. And we're working to reach Customers whose travel plans will change to offer specific information and available options, also available at  Southwest.com/traveldisruption .

Our Employees and Crews scheduled to work this holiday season are showing up in every single way. We are beyond grateful for that. Our shared goal is to take care of every single Customer with the Hospitality and Heart for which we're known.

On the other side of this, we'll work to make things right for those we've let down, including our Employees.

With no concern higher than ultimate Safety, the People of Southwest share a goal to take care of each and every Customer. We recognize falling short and sincerely apologize.

Southwest Airlines Monitors Winter Storm Elliott: Update 5 – Dec. 24, 2022 We continue to proactively manage and update our operational plan and flight schedules in response to Winter Storm Elliott, and we are grateful for the support of our Employees as we work to stabilize our network. With more than half of the airports where we operate in the continental U.S. under duress from the storm, Southwest is uniquely affected given our size and structure.

As it remains a very dynamic situation, we don't have specific numbers to share on flight disruptions, but the storms have forced thousands of cancellations throughout our network. We appreciate our Customers' patience and apologize for inconveniences as we work to get them to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible this holiday. Customers are encouraged to confirm their flight status at Southwest.com or on the Southwest app.

Southwest Monitors Winter Storm Elliott: Update 4 – Dec. 23, 2022 We continue to proactively manage and update our operational plan and flight schedules in response to Winter Storm Elliott. With more than half of the airports where we operate in the continental U.S. under duress from the storm, Southwest has been uniquely effected given our size and structure.

As it remains a very dynamic situation, we don't have specific numbers to share on flight disruptions, but the storms have forced hundreds of cancelations throughout our network. We appreciate our Customers' patience and apologize for inconveniences as we work to get them to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible this holiday. Customers are encouraged to confirm their flight status at Southwest.com or on the Southwest app.

Southwest Monitors Winter Storm Elliott: Update 3 – Dec. 22 Southwest continues to alter its operational plan as Winter Storm Elliott affects a number of airports in our Network.

Challenging working and travel conditions, especially in Denver and Chicago, have resulted in disruptions to Southwest's nearly 12,000 scheduled flights Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Dec. 23.

Most of these disruptions were proactive schedule adjustments to ensure safe operations, to protect the integrity of the entire Southwest Network, and to limit prolonged exposure in dangerous working conditions. However, the changing operational environment and treacherous conditions led to additional later cancellations.

Customers are encouraged to confirm their flight status at Southwest.com or in the Southwest app.

We apologize for inconveniences as our Team works to get Customers to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible. Customers traveling to, from, or through airports listed in our travel advisory may voluntarily change their travel plans within 14 days of the originally scheduled departure.

We'll continue to provide updates on SWAMedia.com as our operational plan evolves.

Southwest Monitors Winter Storm Elliott: Update 2 – Dec. 21 As Winter Storm Elliott marches eastward, Southwest has implemented operational adjustments to its schedule through Dec. 23.

The Safety of Employees and Customers is Southwest's top priority and proactive schedule adjustments aim to ensure safe operations, protect the integrity of the entire Southwest Network, and limit subjecting our People to dangerous working conditions.

We have reduced operations at some airports we serve, primarily Denver and Chicago Midway. Of the nearly 8,000 scheduled flights for both Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23, Southwest has canceled about 500 flights.

Customers are encouraged to confirm their flight's status at Southwest.com or the Southwest app. We apologize for inconveniences as our Team works to get Customers to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible.

A travel advisory remains active for scheduled travel beginning Tuesday, Dec. 20 and continuing through Monday, Dec. 26. Customers traveling to, from, or through airports listed in the advisory may voluntarily change their travel plans within 14 days of the originally scheduled departure.

We'll provide updates via SWAMedia.com as our operational plan evolves.

Southwest Airlines Monitors Winter Storm Elliott: Update 1 Southwest Airlines is monitoring the development and forecast of Winter Storm Elliott and has offered increased flexibility to Customers across a wide swath of our Network.

Based on the current forecast, a travel advisory is active for scheduled travel beginning Tuesday, Dec. 20 and continuing through Monday, Dec. 26. Customers traveling to, from, or through airports listed in the advisory may voluntarily change their travel plans within 14 days of the originally scheduled departure.

Southwest never charges fees to change or cancel an existing reservation. The travel advisory waives any applicable fare difference for Customers who may be affected by Winter Storm Elliott and wish to alter their itineraries. Customers are encouraged to confirm their flight's status at Southwest.com or through the Southwest app.

Operational Update for Communities Affected by Hurricane Ian  

Oct. 2, 2022- Southwest Airlines has resumed operations in nearly all cities affected by Hurricane Ian. Service to/from Fort Myers remains suspended, and we are working to resume limited operations this week. We encourage Customers with travel plans to/from Fort Myers to visit the latest travel advisory on Southwest.com which has details about our flexible accommodation policies.

We are working with our partners to deliver assistance to storm-affected communities. Our thoughts remain with those affected by the Hurricane.

Southwest Airlines Monitoring Hurricane Ian: Update #7   Southwest Airlines continues monitoring Hurricane Ian and is making the following operational modifications.

Operations are currently suspended at the following airports: - Fort Myers

We are continuing to coordinate with our local Teams and authorities to assess damage and infrastructure challenges in southwest Florida. We'll resume operations once it's safe.

Reduced operations are anticipated to begin Sat. Oct. 1, at the following airports: - Charleston, S.C. - Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Charlotte, N.C. - Raleigh/Durham - Richmond, Va. - Norfolk, Va. - Savannah

Operations have resumed at the following airports: - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa - Sarasota

Customers scheduled to travel to cities that may be affected by the storm are encouraged to visit  Southwest.com  to review the latest  travel advisory , which includes details about our flexible, no-fee accommodation policies. We also encourage Customers to check their flight status and modify their itineraries on our website for convenience.

We'll provide additional updates via SWAMedia.com as our operational plan evolves.

Southwest Airlines Monitoring Hurricane Ian: Update #6   Southwest Airlines continues monitoring Hurricane Ian and is making the following operational modifications.

Operations are currently suspended at the following airports: - Charleston, S.C. - Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Charlotte, N.C. - Raleigh/Durham - Richmond, Va. - Norfolk, Va. - Savannah - Fort Myers

We are continuing to coordinate with our local Teams and authorities to track Hurricane Ian as well as assess damage and infrastructure challenges in storm-affected areas. We'll resume operations once it's safe.

Reduced operations are anticipated to begin Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at the following airports: - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa - Sarasota

Operations have resumed at the following airports: - West Palm Beach - Ft. Lauderdale - MiamiHavana, Cuba

Southwest Airlines Monitoring Hurricane Ian: Update #5 Southwest Airlines is monitoring Hurricane Ian and has implemented the following operational adjustments:

Jacksonville - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

West Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami - Operations resume on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Tampa - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Sarasota - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Fort Myers - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Orlando - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Havana, Cuba - Operations have resumed.

We are continuing to coordinate with our local Teams and authorities to support the Safety of our Employees and Customers. We'll resume operations once it's safe to do so.

Southwest Airlines Monitoring Hurricane Ian: Update #4 Southwest Airlines is monitoring Hurricane Ian and has implemented the following operational adjustments:'

Jacksonville - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

West Palm Beach/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami - Operations are suspended through at least Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.

Tampa - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Sarasota - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Fort Myers - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Havana, Cuba - Operations are currently suspended.

Southwest Airlines Monitoring Hurricane Ian: Update #3 Southwest Airlines is monitoring Hurricane Ian and has implemented the following operational adjustments:

Orlando - Operations are suspended through at least Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Havana, Cuba - Operations are currently suspended.

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A severe arctic storm could threaten holiday travel across the U.S.

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An airline passenger walks between ride share vehicles after arriving at Chicago's Midway Airport just days before a major winter storm Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

An airline passenger walks between ride share vehicles after arriving at Chicago's Midway Airport just days before a major winter storm Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Chicago.

Millions of Americans may want to reconsider their holiday travel plans, as bitter cold, biting wind and heavy snow are expected across the U.S. this week, imposing treacherous conditions just days before Christmas.

A bulletin from the National Weather Service (NWS) says a "strong arctic high pressure system," was sweeping down from Canada on Tuesday and appears poised to march towards the Great Plains, the Midwest and onto the Southeast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, bringing life-threatening blizzard conditions and cold weather systems across 17 states.

The first day of winter arrives this week, marked by the solstice

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Heavy snowfall and limited visibility caused Vancouver International Airport to temporarily shut down Tuesday, stranding scores of passengers. That could be a sign of things to come for holiday travelers in the U.S., as the frigid weather system moves across the country this week.

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A man clears a driveway after a snow storm passed through northern Minnesota last week. Forecasters say another big storm is expected to hit the region this week. Holden Law/AP hide caption

A man clears a driveway after a snow storm passed through northern Minnesota last week. Forecasters say another big storm is expected to hit the region this week.

At least 250 flights into and out of the Seattle-Tacoma airport were cancelled Tuesday as heavy snow fell there, according to the tracking site Flight Aware. The Cascade Mountains in Washington state were seeing the heaviest snowfall on Tuesday, but nearby lowlands in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming could see a foot of snow, according to the NWS. The region could see another blast of snow and ice on Thursday.

The incoming arctic front will then cross over the northern Rockies, Great Basin and Northern Plains regions, sending temperatures plummeting as low as minus 30 degrees, with winds gusting at up to 60 mph.

Snow is likely to move into parts of Nebraska, Kansas, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin on Wednesday. By Thursday, blizzard conditions could hit the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions, including Chicago, potentially causing significant flight delays and cancellation at O'Hare International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs. The major travel hub cities of Denver, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis are expected to be impacted, too.

For the eastern U.S., heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday could result in snow or sleet in the Appalachian states on Thursday.

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The National Weather Service temperature map for Tuesday. NWS hide caption

By Friday, temperatures could hit the season's lowest in what is only the first week of winter. Even northern Florida cities like Jacksonville and Tallahassee could see a chill as low as 20 F on Christmas Eve.

Most major airlines, including United, American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, are offering to waive change fees and fare differences for those wanting to change flights so they can travel before or after the storm, within small rebooking windows.

"That allows travelers who have tickets now and throughout the holiday week to take a look and reconsider," says Kathleen Bangs, spokesperson of the tracking site FlightAware.com. "Reconsider what day you want to go on, maybe reconsider the route if you have a connecting city, and reconsider possibly just changing that ticket to later on in the week or even banking that ticket for later use."

Her advice to all travelers this time of year:

" You really need to have a backup plan" Bangs says. "And that could mean anything from a secondary ticket on a different airline that leaves later in the day or perhaps the next morning. It means a reroute through another city where perhaps you get within a couple hundred miles of your destination and then you rent a car or you take a train."

Bangs says that in this weather there's a chance any flight could be canceled at any time, and it may be difficult to get a hold of a representative from an airline.

AAA says of the 113 million Americans traveling this holiday season, more than 90% of them will be driving. And with forecasts calling for blowing and drifting snow, as well as whiteout conditions in some parts, they should proceed with extreme caution, forecasters say.

"Low visibility will create even more dangerous travel conditions on top of snow covered roadways," the NWS says. "Additionally, the strong winds could lead to potential power outages from the Midwest to the Northeast."

"It is imperative that travelers check the latest forecast before venturing out."

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Buffalo Bills fans braved chilly temperatures to sit in snow-covered seats during an NFL game in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Saturday. Adrian Kraus/AP hide caption

Buffalo Bills fans braved chilly temperatures to sit in snow-covered seats during an NFL game in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Saturday.

An outage that left 180,000 without power across New England over the weekend was resolved by Monday, but the Associated Press reported that attempts to bring extra utility workers into the state ahead of this week's storm were stymied by slick roads.

Heavy snow has left thousands without power in New England and New York

Heavy snow has left thousands without power in New England and New York

Police across New England also said they responded to hundreds of crashes and stranded vehicles, according to local media reports.

Frostbite is another risk for those trying to brave the cold, the NWS says. Subzero temperatures in some parts of the U.S. this week could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Those venturing outside should dress in layers, cover their skin and change into dry clothing as soon as possible. But, experts say, the best prevention by far is simply to stay indoors.

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Southwest Airlines Issues Travel Advisory Due To Weather, Traffic Control Issues

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory on Saturday due to bad weather and traffic control issues.

Southwest tweeted out that "A-T-C issues and disruptive weather" has resulted in a high amount of cancellations this weekend.

ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb — Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021

The company said to check its website and look at rebooking if your travel plans have been affected by the travel advisory.

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Airlines have started rebooking flights across the US as winter weather intensifies

December 21, 2022 by Ayana Archie, NPR News

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Winter weather across the country is expected to impact holiday travel, and several airlines have already begun offering customers more flexibility on their flights.

A bulletin from the National Weather Service  says a “strong arctic high pressure system,” was sweeping down from Canada on Tuesday and appears poised to march toward the Great Plains, the Midwest and into the Southeast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, bringing life-threatening blizzard conditions and cold weather systems across 17 states .

This is what airlines are doing to anticipate the conditions.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is advising customers to get to the airports in cities such as San Francisco and New York early due to longer lines.

It is waiving fare differences for flights back and forth between Seattle for flights booked for Dec. 20-23. New flights can be rebooked until Dec. 28.

Those who booked non refundable flights may receive a flight credit.

American Airlines

American Airlines is providing flight change fee waivers for trips to and from nearly 60 airports in across the Northeast and Midwest for those who booked on or before Dec. 19 and are traveling between Dec. 22. and Dec. 24.

Additionally, customers must rebook with the same departing and arrival cities, and in the same cabin, unless they are willing to pay the difference.

Eligible flights must be rebooked before Dec. 23.

For customers flying through the Northeast, including cities such as New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ohio, JetBlue is waiving flight change fees for those who booked before Dec. 20 and are traveling on Dec. 22 or Dec. 23.

Rebooked flights must be made before the departure time of the customer’s original flight and can be changed to a date no later than Christmas Day.

Customers who booked their original flights by Dec. 19, and are traveling to and from the Midwest between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23, can get a new flight that departs between Dec. 20 and Christmas Day.

Travelers whose flights were canceled are eligible for a full refund.

Delta Airlines

At Delta Airlines , fare difference waivers are being allotted to customers traveling and from the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Northwest.

For Midwest customers, flights from Dec. 21 to Christmas Day are being impacted. New flights can depart no later than Dec. 28, but only for those who booked before Dec. 20.

For customers with Northeastern cities on their itineraries, the weather is expected to impact flights between Dec. 22 to Dec. 24. New flights must be rebooked and depart by Dec. 27 if the original flight was booked before Dec. 20.

Finally, for those traveling to and from the Pacific Northwest, scheduled flights between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23 in Vancouver, Canada, Seattle and Portland must be rebooked and depart by Dec. 26 if the original flight was booked before Dec. 18.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is waving fees flight changes and fare differences.

For flights departing or arriving in the Northeast from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, and in the Midwest from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, new flights must be booked by Dec. 28.

After the 28th, the charge to change a flight will still be waived, but a fare difference may apply.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is offering waiver codes for travel across the Northeast, Midwest, and West for flights originally scheduled between Dec. 20 to Dec. 26, depending on the city on your itinerary.

Customers can rebook a new flight that departs within 14 days of their old one.

United Airlines

United Airlines has permanently erased fees to change flights, but it has issued waivers for fare differences for holiday travel across much of the country.

In the Midwest, flights booked before Dec. 17 that depart between Dec. 21 to Christmas Day, customers can rebook until Dec. 30.

Customers traveling to and from the Central and Northwest U.S., the East Coast and Texas in the next few days can rebook until Dec. 28 if their original flights were booked before Dec. 18.

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Over three thousand flights are canceled this week as Winter Storm Elliot grounds aircraft across the country.

Severe weather on one of the busiest travel weeks of the year has forced the cancelation of several thousand flights across the United States. Winter Storm Elliott will batter Midwest, Northeast, and East Coast airports in the United States this week. Airlines are rebooking passengers where possible and offering extended waivers for affected flights.

Over 2,155 flights have been canceled today, in addition to almost 600 yesterday and a further 1,500 tomorrow. Wednesday's cancellations accounted for about 2% of total scheduled flights in the US, and another 30% of flights were delayed by an average of 47 minutes. The Transportation Security Administration expects the busiest travel days to be today, December 22nd, and Friday, December 30th.

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Temperatures well below freezing will extend into the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and as far south as Florida through the holiday weekend. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected from the Plains and Midwest into the Great Lakes Wednesday night, December 21st, into Saturday, December 24th. Every state in the continental US will experience temperatures below 20 degrees by the end of Christmas Eve, based on National Weather Service forecasts.

The airports worst affected were some of the world's busiest. The Chicago area saw significant cancellations at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airports. In Colorado, where the recorded temperature of -24 degrees became the coldest since 1990, airlines canceled over 500 flights in or out of Denver International Airport today.

The Transportation Security Administration said it expects holiday travel volume to be close to pre-pandemic levels, with the busiest day today, as airports across the nation battle not only snow but freezing rain and ice. Freezing rain is more challenging than snow to airline operations and causes slow down significantly or cease completely until weather conditions improve. Aircraft must be completely clear of ice or snow before a flight, and it generally takes longer to clear a plane of ice than it does to remove snow.

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What to do if your flight is affected

Airlines across the nation offer travel waivers and increased flexibility in light of the winter storm. American Airlines will serve more than 10 million customers over the 18-day holiday travel period between December 16th and January 2nd. The airline has issued a waiver for 87 airports in the Northeast, Midwest, and portions of the East Coast, allowing customers whose travel plans are affected by Winter Storm Elliott to rebook without a change fee. Passengers can also cancel their itinerary If an American flight has been canceled or excessively delayed. American Airlines will waive change fees for future travel if a customer chooses not to fly to or from an airport covered by the current waiver.

Alaska Airlines highlighted its flexible travel policy you can use to waive the difference in the price of a new ticket and does not charge change fees. If a passenger's flight schedule changes by more than one hour, they are entitled to change their flight to one that better suits their schedule up to 1 day earlier or later or cancel the trip for a refund or future travel credit. Passengers with canceled flights may rebook for free on a flight up to 3 days earlier or later.

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Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory based on the current forecast for scheduled travel beginning Tuesday the 20th, and continuing through Monday, December 26th. Customers traveling to, from, or through airports listed in the advisory may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original travel date and between the original city pairs without paying any additional charges.

Passengers flying on United ​Airlines with a ticket purchased by December 18th traveling between today and Christmas Day will see the change fee and fare difference waived for United flights departing on or before December 28th. The rescheduled travel must be in the originally ticketed cabin and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

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Delta Air Lines is experiencing significant snow alongside wind and frigid temperatures across the northern plains, home of its hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport . Passengers will be rebooked automatically where possible. Delta confirmed the fare difference would be waived for travel on or before December 26th, 2022, in the same cabin of service as initially booked. When rebooked travel occurs after December 26th, a difference in fare may apply.

JetBlue is also waiving change fees and fare differences for customers traveling from selected cities from Thursday, December 22nd, through Saturday, December 24th. Customers can rebook their flights for travel through Wednesday, December 28th, 2022

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Atmospheric river delays and cancels Phoenix flights. What travelers should know

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Severe weather in California that's moving into Arizona is disrupting people's travel plans.

As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, flight tracking website FlightAware showed 46 delays and no cancellations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as strong winter storms began moving inland into Arizona.

National Weather Service forecasters say the storms won't be as strong in Arizona as they were in Southern California, where an atmospheric river brought heavy rainfall to the region .

The California storms led to flight delays and cancellations on Monday, Feb. 5. FlightAware recorded 511 delayed and 19 canceled flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport, as well as 461 delayed and 38 canceled flights to and from San Francisco International Airport. In Phoenix, 254 flights were delayed and five were canceled on Monday, according to FlightAware.

Here's what people should know if they're traveling to or from California and Arizona this week.

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How will the atmospheric river affect travel between Phoenix and California?

Passengers flying on Tuesday to and from Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix, as well as Las Vegas − where a little event called the Super Bowl is scheduled to happen this coming Sunday − are likely to experience flight delays because of precipitation from winter storms, said Wayne Hubbard, national traffic management officer with the Federal Aviation Administration, in a Tuesday weather forecast.

The outlook differs from the FAA's Monday weather forecast , where FAA national traffic management officer Walter Williams said delays and cancellations were likely because of heavy rain showers, gusty winds, low clouds and low visibility, conditions that can make flying aircraft difficult.

Most of Sky Harbor's delayed California flights were with Southwest Airlines and American Airlines.

On Monday, Southwest had a travel advisory in effect for 13 California airports, stating anyone with travel to and from those airports on Feb. 5 can rebook their trips within 14 days of their travel and between the original city pairs at no extra charge. That advisory was taken off Southwest's website by Tuesday morning.

An American Airlines spokesperson told The Arizona Republic that it does not have an alert in place for the California storms.

How will the atmospheric river affect visits to Disneyland?

Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney are open as of Tuesday, Feb. 6. The parks were scheduled to remain open through 8 p.m. Pacific time, while Downtown Disney is open through 10 p.m.

The parks were closing earlier than usual because of the storms, but starting Wednesday, Feb. 7, they'll resume normal closing times. Disneyland typically closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays, while Disney's California Adventure closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Experts urged caution for Disneyland visitors who planned to visit on Monday because of the storms. Disney fan site Inside the Magic cited the state of emergency for eight Southern California counties issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom and warned that even though Disney cast members are equipped to keep conditions inside the park safe, "traveling to and from the park today (Monday, Feb. 5) may present a stronger safety challenge than usual."

San Francisco news website SFGate published a story about the storm's potential impacts on Disneyland visits with a headline that speaks for itself: " With storm coming, you may want to reconsider going to Disneyland on Monday ."

What other California destinations are affected by the storms?

Like Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood is also open despite the California storms. It's scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Pacific time.

The San Diego Zoo, as well as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido about 30 miles away from the zoo, are open until 5 p.m.

Knott's Berry Farm and SeaWorld San Diego are closed due to inclement weather from the storms.

What is an atmospheric river?

An atmospheric river is defined as long, narrow regions in the atmosphere that transport water vapor outside the tropics, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average atmospheric river can carry enough water vapor to supply the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to NOAA.

Can planes fly through an atmospheric river?

Planes can fly through atmospheric rivers. In fact, NOAA flies reconnaissance aircraft into atmospheric rivers to study them and their effects. The work of these pilots, planes and scientists, known as "Hurricane Hunters," helps improve the way forecasters predict storms and scientists' understanding of storms.

FlightAware's live flight trackers showed several planes making their way to and from LAX despite the storms.

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Southwest Airlines issues travel advisory ahead of Midwest winter weather this weekend

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Posted: Jan 13, 2022 / 12:56 PM CST

Updated: Jan 13, 2022 / 12:56 PM CST

ST. LOUIS – There is a little snow in the forecast Friday night into Saturday for the St. Louis area. However, the system could bring snow across the Midwest and that has Southwest Airlines issuing a travel advisory ahead of the potential weather.

The airline says based on the forecast service for the following cities could be disrupted on Jan. 14- Jan. 15:

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  • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • St. Louis, MO (STL)

Customers with reservations to/from/through these cities may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our  accommodation procedures ) without paying any additional charge.

Customers who purchased their itinerary via  Southwest.com  or our mobile app are eligible to  reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device .

Customers who did not purchase a ticket via  Southwest.com  can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative.

Customers in the U.S. scheduled to travel internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative for assistance with rebooking.

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If it's Boeing, are you going? Why travelers are wary of the Max line, but airlines aren't

In the wake of the latest Boeing 737 Max fiasco – a weekslong grounding following the explosive decompression of an Alaska Airlines flight in January – a lot of passengers are inverting that old mantra “if it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going.”

Duc Vu, 41, was already wary of flying on the 737 Max 8 after its second crash in 2019, but the most recent incident confirmed his feelings about the aircraft family.

Boeing has pledged to be transparent and strengthen safety . “But for me, it’s too little, too late,” the Philadelphia management consultant told USA TODAY.

Vu has tried to avoid the 737 Max line when he flies, even switching his go-to carrier from Southwest Airlines to American due to the higher number in the former’s fleet (though neither fly the Max 9 variant involved in the January incident). “In light of everything that happened with the Alaska flight, I felt very validated in my decision-making,” he said.

Vu is hardly alone. Social media is littered with posts from travelers who say they want to avoid Boeing 737 Max jets in their future travels.

Travel booking company Kayak even included filters on its flight search page that allow passengers to exclude itineraries with certain aircraft types.

But for most travelers, it may be tough to decode what kind of plane is operating their flight because, ultimately, airlines – not passengers – are Boeing’s customers. Travelers may not have much say over what kind of plane they’re boarding once they’ve decided to fly somewhere.

Most experts suggest there’s no reason to worry, though. Many point to the excellent overall safety record of aviation in the U.S., and airlines that fly the Max say they’re sticking with Boeing, even as regulators increase oversight of the company’s production lines.

Is the 737 Max safe?

The Boeing 737 Max’s shadowed reputation isn’t random. Soon after the aircraft type entered service, two major crashes left 346 people dead. The line of planes was grounded for nearly two years as Boeing and regulators addressed a software issue that was ultimately implicated in both disasters. 

Once the planes were back in the air, there were no major safety concerns until Jan. 5, when a door plug covering an unused emergency exit ripped off during an Alaska Airlines flight. No one was injured, and the flight returned to Portland, Oregon, safely, but the incident once again led regulators to ground some Boeing 737 Max jets – this time only Max 9 variants with the same door plug; 171 aircraft in all – until the cause of the issue was identified. 

The grounding lasted about three weeks, and many affected Max jets are already back in service after undergoing required inspections.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on Tuesday, suggesting that four bolts meant to hold the door plug in place on the Alaska Airlines jet were missing at the time of the January incident, though the agency said the investigation remains ongoing.

But even after the 2019 grounding, which resulted from much more catastrophic issues, passengers kept flying Max aircraft when they returned to service.

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that people were deterred from flying,” Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst and managing director at Aerodynamic Advisory, previously told USA TODAY. “At the end of the day, airlines are keeping the faith.”

While the National Transportation Safety Board has not yet issued its final report on the Alaska Airlines incident, the lifting of the grounding suggests regulators are satisfied that the door plug was the primary cause of the problem and that the required inspections are enough to rectify any future issues with Max 9s.

Casey McCreary, a Portland-based body piercer, had anxiety about whether Boeing planes were safe in the wake of the incident. But she said those fears won’t dictate whether she flies or which airline she chooses.

“It does feel like it would be impractical to avoid them, but also, them having so many planes out there that haven't had these issues does help a little bit,” she said.

Both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, the main operators of the Max 9 in the U.S., said their inspections turned up similar manufacturing defects in other planes affected by the grounding, and the Federal Aviation Administration has stepped up oversight of Boeing’s production processes in the wake of the incident.

However, in public statements, regulators insist the Max 9 remains extremely safe.

“Our findings during inspections of those aircraft showed that the quality system issues at Boeing were unacceptable and require further scrutiny,” FAA administrator Mike Whitaker said in a congressional hearing Tuesday. “We will follow the data and take appropriate and necessary action. The safety of the flying public will continue to inform our decision-making.”

Did Boeing damage its reputation with its clients?

Airlines are certainly frustrated by Boeing’s manufacturing issues, but they seem satisfied that the planes they’re ordering are safe.

“They're going through a rough patch right now, but I believe that Boeing is, across the board from top to bottom, is committed to changing and fixing it,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said during the airline’s January earnings call. “There's no one that's a bigger supporter that wants Boeing to succeed outside of Boeing than me, and I'll do everything I can to help.”

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Alaska Airlines, which operates an all-Boeing fleet for mainline aircraft, was similarly bullish on the manufacturer in its January earnings call.

“As a longtime valued partner, we remain fully committed to our relationship with Boeing, but we also intend to hold them accountable,” CEO Ben Minicucci said. “There is work to be done, but we have the utmost confidence with FAA oversight as well as our own that Boeing will emerge with improved quality processes as a better and safer manufacturer.”

McCreary, 33, still has doubts. But even if an upcoming flight was scheduled on a Max 9, she figured now might be as good a time as any. “I feel like, statistically, it might be the safest plane to fly on because of how heavily they've been scrutinized lately,” she said.

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Southwest Airlines unveils new seats and cabin interior for future jets

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Southwest Airlines is refreshing its aircraft seats and uniforms as the air carrier looks to modernize its brand.

In partnership with RECARO, an aircraft seating firm founded in Fort Worth, Southwest is adding seats with its heart threaded through the interior and sunray pattern, and an adjustable headrest cushion. The Dallas-based carrier is also working with design firm Tangerine to update cabin interiors for its deliveries next year. The aircraft will still keep the Southwest blue while adding the carrier’s signature heart woven into the carpet. The upgrades also include a personal electronic device holder.

“Southwest flies above our competition with industry-leading flexibility and our legendary hospitality,” said Tony Roach, senior vice president and chief customer officer at Southwest in a release. “Our redesigned cabin interior significantly enhances our inflight customer experience and will complement the amazing service that our crews provide.”

Sunitha Vegerla, general manager of RECARO Aircraft Seating Americas said in a release that the firm has had a long-term goal of working with Southwest.

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“From their servant-leadership and people-centric culture to their stance on sustainability and involvement in the community, the similarities we see in our companies’ cultures and values is astounding,” Vegerla said in a statement. “As we look to the future, this partnership is a great milestone in the significance of sustainability and meeting customer needs in every seat design.”

A rendering of Southwest's new upgrades to its fleet.

More than 53,000 Southwest workers will also get a new look with new uniforms, however, the company has not released a date or images of what they will look like.

Through Southwest’s uniform inspiration team designed by 75 Southwest workers and its apparel vendor, Design Collective by Cintas and brand consultant Bonnie Markel, new uniforms are being created for inflight operations, grounds workers, cargo and technical operations.

Southwest also completed upgrades to its Wi-Fi last year. In addition to the new changes, the carrier will add USB-A and USB-C power ports within its new 737 MAX 8 aircraft being delivered. Over the next several years, the MAX 8 and 737-800 aircraft Southwest already is flying will also get these upgrades. Southwest recently revised expectations for aircraft deliveries, and its 2024 plans do not assume placing the Boeing 737 Max 7 in service for 2024.

Last week, Southwest reported a fourth-quarter loss of $219 million . The air carrier is working toward delivering on its financial goals this year.

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Alexandra Skores , Aviation Reporter . Alexandra Skores is the aviation writer for The Dallas Morning News, covering airlines, air travel and the aerospace industry. She's a graduate of the University of Iowa. Alexandra has previously worked at the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon and The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Weather | Colorado weather: Snowstorm sweeps across the state Friday, hitting Denver area Saturday

A winter storm warning and winter weather advisory go into effect at 5 p.m. friday for the mountains, according to national weather service meteorologists.

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After more than a week of spring-like weather, snow is falling in Colorado once again this weekend.

Rain and snow showers started in southwest Colorado near the Four Corners Thursday night, and are expected to spread to the northern mountains by Friday afternoon as the storm intensifies, according to National Weather Service meteorologists .

Heavy snow Friday evening could overlap with ski traffic along Interstate 70 in the mountains. The majority of Colorado’s mountain passes are expecting 1 to 2 feet of snow, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A winter storm warning and winter weather advisory go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday for the majority of the mountains, according to National Weather Service meteorologists

A significant amount of snow is expected to hit southwest Colorado’s high country and US 40 Berthoud Pass, popular backcountry recreation destinations, which may pose avalanche risks throughout the weekend, CDOT stated in a Thursday news release.

“Backcountry avalanche conditions are going to be changing throughout the weekend as the storm moves through the state,” stated Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, in the release. “We expect high avalanche danger in most mountain areas on Saturday and dangerous conditions lasting into Monday.”

Avalanches aren’t only a danger for backcountry explorers but also for motorists as snow slides can easily reach onto roadways, the release stated.

Across the urban corridor and plains, Friday will be cooler but with more chances of rain showers than snow, according to a NWS hazardous weather outlook. By the evening, the rain showers will increase with a slight chance of thunderstorms.

The foothills and Palmer Divide will continue to experience a slushy rain-snow mix Friday evening into Saturday night, and urban areas along Interstate 25 will start to see snow Saturday, according to CDOT’s release.

Rain in the metro area will mix with snow Friday night into Saturday as above-freezing temperatures prevent too much snow from accumulating, according to NWS forecasters .

By 10 p.m. Saturday, all rain in the Denver area will turn to snow, but how much will stick is still in the air, NWS forecasters said .

Denver can expect anywhere from less than an inch to 7 inches of snow, according to updated snow totals from the weather service.

Up in the mountains, areas like Vail Pass, Breckenridge and Winter Park have an even wider range, with projected snowfall between 4 inches and 18 inches.

National Weather Service meteorologists aren’t sure how fast the storm will move through the state.

A slower, stronger storm could spread more moisture and have a higher impact on the I-25 corridor, but a faster, weaker storm would support more rain and snow in eastern Colorado, according to the NWS .

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The snow will likely move in Saturday morning, possibly bringing a couple inches of accumulation to the Interstate 25 corridor.

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