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‘Weather data’ problems ground Southwest flights

The Maui News

Problems with “third-party weather data” temporarily grounded Southwest flights on Monday, creating some delays for incoming flights to the Kahului Airport, according to the airline and a Maui airport official.

“We are beginning to resume flight operations after our third-party weather data provider experienced intermittent performance issues earlier this evening preventing transmission of weather information that is required to safely operate our aircraft,” Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson said in an email Monday evening. “While Southwest teams and the vendor worked to restore connectivity, we implemented a ground stop to protect the safety of our crews and customers.”

Landson added that since the issue arose toward the end of the day, most flights had already been completed.

“However, several hundred flights were impacted across our network,” Landson said. “We don’t have specific information currently about flight to/from or within Hawaii.”

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said that there were some “manageable delays” for inbound arrivals, but no major impacts to outbound flights, since aircraft for five of Southwest’s daily flights stay overnight at the Kahului Airport and leave the next day.

“The good thing with that is that they came in late, but it didn’t impact the departure,” Moniz said.

He said he was told there had been “technical issues,” but that no further information was provided.

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