We’ve updated today’s post as of 9 pm to reflect the significant increase in delays that occurred after publishing this morning.
Data is still rolling in on how this morning’s surprising Southwest Airlines nationwide ground stop has and will impact Hawaii flights. Southwest reported that their 2nd technology-related failure in the past four months occurred earlier today. This resulted in the unexpected loss of some data required for operations. As a result, the airline called for a nationwide stoppage until the issue could be resolved.
The FAA said, “Southwest Airlines requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures.”
Clearly, for those flying on Southwest Hawaii flights today, it is imperative to check to determine if your flight will be on time. One way to improve the results of your checking is to look at the incoming aircraft that will be providing your flight. That is easy to do using FlightAware or other flight tracking software.
While the data below shows what we found on FlightAware at the time of publishing. It is still increasing and we are making updates. We expect there to be further delays and mounting cancellations on Southwest Hawaii flights. Here is how it is shaking out as of 950am Hawaii time.
Honolulu Airport flight delays.
27 40 flights were delayed. That represents 49 33% of all Southwest flights.
Maui Airport flight delays.
21 flights were delayed. That represents 50 45% of all Southwest flights.
Kauai Airport flight delays.
7 flights were delayed. That represents 68 31% of all Southwest flights.
Kona Airport flight delays.
12 flights were delayed. That represents 63 54% of all Southwest flights.
Snowball effect based on earlier ground stop.
These delays resulted from a snowball effect following Southwest Airlines’ resumption of operations today which followed the one-hour nationwide stoppage. SWA is reporting that the cause of the problem is a third-party technology firewall failure issue.
Following Southwest’s antiquated technology-related meltdown in December, we said it would not be the end of their technology problems. And that is the case today. This will undoubtedly pale by far compared to the epic December meltdown, which was said to have disrupted two million passengers’ travel and cost the airline over $1 billion.
Southwest said earlier, “As a result of the intermittent technology issues that we experienced, we should hopefully be resuming our operations as soon as possible,” Southwest tweeted. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we’re hoping to get everyone going ASAP.”