Southwest Airlines grounds all departing flights

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Southwest Airlines system outage caused all of their departing flights, including some in San Diego, to be grounded Friday evening, the airline reported.

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Southwest Airlines grounds flights after system outage (Credit: @SDirishFan)

The outage was reported around 9:20 p.m. Friday at the airline’s headquarters at Dallas-Love Field Airport and it was unknown what caused the system failure.

“A system outage has caused us to hold departing flights. Flights in the air are not affected by this. All hands on deck to resolve,” the airline tweeted.

Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew said airports on the West Coast, in the Mountain states and even some in the Midwest have been affected. But she could not specify how many flights have been grounded.

“We’re not able to give a number because we’re not able to see how many flights we’ve got on the ground right now,” Agnew said.

Nine flights in and out of San Diego International Airport were affected by the outage.

San Diego International Airport officials told Fox 5 that the delayed flights were allowed to depart as of 10:45 p.m.

Robbie Connolly, a passenger who boarded a Southwest flight in San Diego, tweeted Fox5 around 10:45 p.m. that after a long delay, their flight was allowed to depart.

“The pilot told us we were on our way to the gate to de-board… On our way back he got take off approval and we were in air.”

1 Comment

  • Angela

    They boarded half the flight from SJC to San DIego and made everyone de board. The flight was at 7:45 and it was delayed until 11pm and then cancelled due to San Diego Airport Restrictions. I hope we get reimbursed + more.

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