HOUSTON – A “planned system outage” early on Saturday affected Southwest Airlines flights nationwide, including some at Houston-area airports.
In a statement, the airline said the outage was due to technical issues that rose following routine overnight maintenance, affecting flights that were scheduled to depart earlier Saturday morning.
Passengers on social media have reported flight delays throughout the country, including at both Houston’s Bush and Hobby Airports.
A spokesperson for Houston Airports told KPRC 2 that the airline’s systems went down at around 4 a.m. but went back online at around 6 a.m. It is unknown how many flights have been affected at both airports.
As of 6:55 a.m., Southwest said that the system issues were resolved, however, passengers who were set to depart on later flights may expect further delays later.
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Full statement from Southwest Airlines:
Some of our earliest departing flights were delayed this morning, and a handful of them canceled, after we experienced intermittent technology issues following routine overnight maintenance. We offer heartfelt apologies to our Customers for any inconvenience, and gratitude to our Employees who are working diligently to make it up to them. We’ll continue to update Customers whose journey with us today might be delayed as result of the now-resolved issues.