Information Regarding Flight Operations
When we announced the accelerated engine fan blade inspection program on Tuesday night, we said there would be some impact on our operation (https://www.swamedia.com/releases/release-de080387b716f7f68a21d1f86496b4a9-southwest-flight-1380-statement-3-issued820-pm-ct).
We have minimized flight disruptions this past week through actions such as proactive aircraft routings to cover open trips, performing inspections overnight, and utilizing spare aircraft, when available. On Sunday, we only canceled about 40 flights due to fan blade inspections out of a planned schedule of almost 4,000 flights. The cancellations are minimal (roughly 1 percent of scheduled flights).
Please note: These cancellations are not because of Friday night's Emergency Airworthiness Directive from the FAA. The cancellations are a result of our voluntary, accelerated engine fan blade inspection program announced on Tuesday night, as mentioned above.
As always, we encourage customers to visit Southwest.com to check their flight status.