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Southwest Computer Outages Force Airline to Cancel, Delay Hundreds of Flights

Passengers check-in for a Southwest Airlines flight

Passengers check-in for a Southwest Airlines flight

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Flight cancellations and passenger frustration continued on Wednesday as Southwest Airlines continued to deal with the fallout from a computer outage on Tuesday, a day after the carrier experienced issues with a third-party weather data provider.

The issues started Monday after a problem with the weather data provider forced the airline to delay about 1,500 flights, The Associated Press reported. Then on Tuesday, the airline was forced to cancel hundreds more flights and delay more than 1,000 after a technology-related issue grounded planes.

At one point, the Federal Aviation Administration held all Southwest departures for about 45 minutes, an agency spokeswoman told the AP.

On Tuesday night, Southwest tweeted it was “in the process of resuming normal operations after a system issue this afternoon that created flight disruptions throughout our network.”

However, by Wednesday morning, a

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“Our objective is to deliver a radically better premium leisure travel experience,” Subramanian told Business Insider. 

It’s the brainchild of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and behind the wheel as CEO is Uma Subramanian, a veteran in urban air mobility. Subramanian previously served as chief executive at Voom, the Airbus-backed helicopter startup

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Travel and transport stocks nosedive as countries ban flights from UK

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner passenger aircraft as seen on final approach flying, touching down, landing and taxiing in Amsterdam Schiphol AMS EHAM International airport in the Netherlands at Polderbaan runway. The wide-body modern and advanced airplane of BA has the registration G-ZBJG and is powered by 2x RR Rolls Royce jet engines. British Airways is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom UK connecting London Heathrow in England to the Dutch city Amsterdam. BAW Speedbird is owned by IAG International Airlines Group and is member of Oneworld aviation alliance. The world passenger traffic declined during the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic era with the industry struggling to survive. Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 18, 2020 (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A raft of countries have banned travel from the UK, with Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Israel, first announcing a travel ban on Sunday. The news knocked travel stocks on Monday. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Travel, leisure and transport stocks were some of the biggest decliners in the market on Monday after a new variant of the coronavirus in the South East of England forced the UK government to introduce fresh lockdown measures.

British Airways owner IAG (IAG.L) slumped as much as 16% after the opening bell, with jet maker Rolls-Royce (RR.L) not far behind, down 14% in early trade.

Shares recovered slightly during the day but still ended firmly in the red. IAG and Rolls closed 8% and 3% lower, respectively.

EasyJet (EZJ.L) dropped 7% and Ryanair (RYA.L) lost 5%, while cruise-ship operator Carnival (CCL.L)

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Airlines cancel international flights ahead of national lockdown

Watch: Major airlines face up to likely winter blues

Airlines have been busy overnight working on plans to cancel the majority of leisure flights in response to England’s impending national lockdown.

Under new rules announced by the Government on Saturday, non-essential travel – both domestic and international – is banned from Thursday November 5 until at least December 2.

That takes all overseas holidays off the table during this period, as well as staycations, given that overnight stays away from home are not permitted.

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy the PC Agency, tells Telegraph Travel: “Airline planning teams are already working on cancelling outbound flights after November 5, and it will be difficult to plan for December based on a lack of visibility as to what will happen closer to Christmas. 

“In the short-term, airlines will be looking at combining scheduled flights returning to the UK, so that

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