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The Wall Street Journal: Southwest Airlines says it has returned to ‘a normal schedule’


Southwest Airlines Co. returned to more normal operations this weekend, contending with some weather challenges as it sought to regain credibility with regulators and travelers following the carrier’s meltdown over the holidays.


 restored its full schedule Friday after slashing flying plans much of the week in an effort to regain its footing after the cascade of cancellations. It scrapped just a few dozen flights Saturday and Sunday—less than 1% of what it had scheduled each day, according to FlightAware. 

Citing early morning fog in Chicago and heavy snowfall in Denver, Southwest canceled roughly 130 flights Monday, or about 3% of what it had planned, according to FlightAware. The airline had scrubbed many of those flights proactively before Monday in anticipation of the weather. 

“We’re operating a normal schedule today and are pleased with the operational performance over the past few days,” a spokeswoman said. 

Some rivals canceled fewer flights. In total, about 400 flights to, from, or within the U.S. were canceled as of Monday afternoon, according to FlightAware. 

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