thousands of flights canceled The chaos caused last Tuesday at United States airports by Southwest Airline, which is recovering from the route winter storm elliot,
The country’s transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, said in an interview with ABC that his government would do what is necessary. The company “complies with its obligations” and blamed A for the chaos at the airports Airline “system failure”,
On Wednesday itself, 2,888 flights were canceled in the country, out of which 2,509 belong to Southwest Company, The situation will continue till Thursday: Flight Aware portal records that at 01:00 GMT there are already 2,348 canceled flights in the country, most of them from the Dallas (Texas) based company.
Following the massive disruptions, we are working diligently to safely recover our operations and accommodate displaced customers and crew. We know this is unacceptable and sincerely apologise. If your travel was affected, find self-service options here: https://t.co/B6L8HR9Yqc pic.twitter.com/mLWndYMned
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) December 28, 2022
The US demanded last Tuesday that the company Compensate and refund passengers and warned that the storm, which had subsided a few days earlier, could not be used as an excuse.
To try to reduce the financial burden on customers from cancellations, several major US airlines, including American, United and Delta, announced that they would Maximum Price Limit for Tickets from some cities until next Monday, US media reported.
Southwest published on its website that users with canceled flights can ask for refund And those planning to travel between today and January 3, can Change your trip at no extra cost,
According to Flight Aware, the airports most affected by cancellations and delays are Denver (Colorado), Las Vegas (Nevada), Chicago Midway (Illinois) and Baltimore (Maryland), which Provides coverage to the US capital Washington,
Death toll from cold is on the rise
Winter storm Elliott, which battered the country last week with freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds, has already passed More than 50 deaths across the countryin which western New York State is the most affected area 37 reported death last Wednesday.
The area’s top political official, Mark Poloncarz, assured that the county health department “has confirmed 3 more deaths,
These three new deaths have been added to the other three announced on Wednesday morning and the 31 announced last Tuesday.
Of those 37 people, 17 met on the streetNine died due to lack of heating, four were found in a vehicle, others four died of heart disease and three because emergency medical services could not arrive in time.
Buffalo, in Eyre County in New York, was the worst-hit area by the storm. Joe Biden, President of the United States of America ruled there emergency situation And local officials raised the death toll to 34 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, authorities in the area continue to repair work and snow removalEspecially in Erie’s capital city of Buffalo, where driving with vehicles is prohibited.
The police of this city explained 450 machines are doing the work of cleaning the roads And the mayor, Byron Brown, announced the opening of eleven bus lines as well as the train.
Brown also reported that more than 100,000 homes were without power due to the storm. Still 500 houses do not have electricity,
However, after Elliott passes, the central, south and east of the country will experience an rapid rise in temperature,
National Meteorological Service The National Weather Service (NWS) detailed in a statement that “well above average” temperatures are expected in these areas by the end of the week.
The agency predicted, for example, that in states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas The minimum temperature will be 60 °F (15 °C) and the maximum temperature will be 70 °F (21 °C)This season is 20 degrees above average.