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Southwest Airlines Flights Postponed for Technical Reasons

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Several flights of Southwest Airlines Co.LUV were recently deferred owing to a software glitch which led to delayed check in for passengers.

The problem was first detected in the morning of Oct 11 which persisted till the evening. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines has been requesting passengers to report at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled flight. As per the Dallas-based carrier, nearly 450 out of the 3600 flights scheduled for departure were postponed during the day.

Technical glitches are becoming a growing concern for carriers, often resulting in passenger harassment and messed up schedules. Last month, premier passenger carrier American Airlines Group AAL faced similar problems when several flights were grounded in Dallas, Chicago and Miami airports for less than two hours following a technical problem.

A few months back, United Continental Holdings, Inc. UAL had faced similar technical issues where network connectivity problems had led to service disruption.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines reported an increase in air traffic for the month of September. Traffic - measured in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) - came in at 9.2 billion, up 11.4% from 8.26 billion recorded a year ago. On a year-over-year basis, consolidated capacity (or available seat miles/ASMs) inched up 8.4% to 11.13 billion. Meanwhile, the load factor or percentage of seats filled by passengers increased to 82.7% from 80.5% in Sep 2014.

Southwest Airlines currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Another favorably ranked stock in the same space is JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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