today this week of canceled or delayed Southwest Hawaii flights is very strong and getting worse. This crisis came about due to the massive storms that ripped across the mainland. The problems appear to be getting worse even as other airlines are recovering somewhat.
FlightAware indicated that nationally, Southwest had canceled 66% of all its flights today (2,700), which could even go higher before the day’s end. Even yesterday, only about 10% of Southwest flights operated normally. By comparison nationally, Delta sits at 41%, United at 46%, and Alaska at 56%, total canceled and delayed flights.
Following severe weather issues, getting planes and people back on schedule is critical. Others have also pointed to Southwest’s unique point to point system of decentralized flights as adding to the current challenges and complexity.
Southwest CEO Bob Jordan just said they plan to dramatically reduce their entire systemwide flight schedule for the next several days in order to get things running normally again.
Those traveling to Hawaii on Southwest via Phoenix should also be aware that over 90% of those flights have been canceled. SW just said that they can’t rebook anyone there for 4 days and are asking that people not come to the airport.
69% of Southwest Honolulu flights were delayed/canceled Sunday.
Southwest canceled or delayed 69% of all flights into or out of Honolulu yesterday. By the numbers, 18 flights were canceled, and 48 were delayed. By comparison, the next worst performance was Hawaiian Airlines which canceled 1% of flights and suffered 32% delayed. That meant that three flights were canceled and 57 were delayed.
73% of Southwest Maui flights were delayed/canceled Sunday.
Southwest canceled 21% of all flights into or out of Maui yesterday. By the numbers, 12 flights were canceled, and 20 were delayed. By comparison, the next worst performance at Maui was Alaska Airlines, which canceled 6 flights and had 6 more delayed. That represented 72% of all Alaska flights to and from Maui that were either canceled or delayed.
Today’s Hawaii flight cancelations and delays. It’s too early to know how today will pan out, but it appears to be getting worse. So far this morning, here’s the data from Honolulu and Maui:
64% of Southwest Honolulu flights were delayed/canceled so far today.
Second, worst is Alaska Airlines, which has had 35% of flights to and from Honolulu either canceled or delayed today.
77% of Southwest Maui flights were delayed/canceled so far today.
The second worst is Alaska, with 44% delayed or canceled.
Did you get caught in delayed or canceled flights?