Southwest Airlines troubles have minimal impact in Des Moines

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(Des Moines, IA) -- The troubles that prompted Southwest Airlines to cancel thousands of flights over the weekend, reportedly had only a minimal impact on travelers at the Des Moines International Airport. Spokesperson Kayla Kovarna tells WHO Radio News there have been just a handful of delays and cancellations. She reminds travelers to check with the airline or the Des Moines Airport's website to keep track of any flight changes.

Southwest said over the weekend the cancellations were prompted by bad weather and air traffic control issues.

Kovarna also tells WHO Radio News that they are expecting travel to continue to recover from the pandemic. She says leisure travel was strong over the summer, but has declined now that school is back in session. She says prior to the pandemic, business travel would typically start to pick up in October. She tells WHO Radio News the airport is expecting strong leisure travel again for Thanksgiving and Christmas, close to 90-percent of pre-pandemic travel levels.

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