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How Southwest’s Flight Cancellations Impacted the Boston Marathon

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There’s not a lot the pandemic hasn’t delayed — Sunday journey to Boston was no exception. But some runners feared they won’t make it in any respect.

Daniel Galvez had a flight from Chicago to Boston late Saturday afternoon however was confronted with a number of delays earlier than the flight was lastly canceled. The motive was as a result of the crew was quick a flight attendant, he mentioned.

Galvez took an Uber again to his home, acquired into his truck and drove by means of the evening. He left Chicago at 8:30 p.m. Central time on Saturday and arrived at about 1:45 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, stopping just for gasoline and water. “I made it here,” mentioned Galvez, a development employee who’s working in his tenth Boston Marathon, which he calls the Super Bowl of marathons. “Next is to finish.”

Across social media, too, runners tweeted at airways together with Delta and Southwest, sharing tales of flights terminated just as boarding began, delays that led to missed connections, struggles to connect with agents to rebook flights and cancellations that meant spending hundreds of extra dollars to make it in time for Monday’s begin.

By Sunday evening, Southwest Airlines had canceled greater than 1,000 flights or practically 30 % of its schedule, in response to a FlightConscious tracker. The airline blamed air site visitors management points and disruptive climate, however federal regulators attributed the disruptions to aircraft and staffing issues.

Tammy Conquest picked up her bib on Sunday afternoon, relieved to have her equipment safely in hand. Conquest was touring from Washington, D.C., and in addition encountered delays at the airport. But a few of her working companions from Washington and different racers haven’t been as fortunate. “I have friends who are stranded trying to get to Boston,” mentioned Conquest, who works for the authorities. Their flights have been canceled, then their Amtrak trains confronted prolonged delays, she mentioned.

“It’s my third marathon, but it feels like my first,” Conquest mentioned, including that the backdrop of the pandemic added to her race-day nerves.