SkyWest Airlines, the Utah-based company that operates the lion’s share of passenger flights to and from Fresno, has suffered a series of cancellations and delays over the past two days, apparently due to issues IT internal to the company.
On Thursday, eight of SkyWest’s scheduled flights to Fresno were canceled and 14 others were delayed. They included two from Denver under the United Express banner, one from Los Angeles and two from San Francisco, all flights operated by SkyWest under contract with United Airlines, and three from Salt Lake City which SkyWest operates on behalf of. of Delta Air Lines.
Scheduled departures to San Francisco under the United brand and one to Phoenix under the American Airlines brand were also scuttled on Thursday.
Delays have also posed a problem for SkyWest. A total of 15 arrivals and departures on Thursday were postponed, some by several hours.
Flight cancellations and delays are documented by FlightAware.com, a flight tracking website.
Across its nationwide network of routes, SkyWest recorded 666 cancellations on Thursday, as well as 558 flight delays – the most airlines that day.
Most flights to and from Fresno, although bearing the names of more familiar airlines, are operated by SkyWest under contracts with companies such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. Of the 6,471 domestic flights departing from Fresno Yosemite International Airport between January and July of this year, 4,424 of them – over 68% – were SkyWest aircraft.
In a statement sent by SkyWest to the Fresno Bee on Thursday night, the airline said it hoped it had resolved the issue to avoid a repeat of the event on Friday. “SkyWest encountered an internal technical issue resulting in approximately 700 flight cancellations before the issue was resolved Thursday night,” the SkyWest statement read.
“We apologize to customers for the inconvenience; we are working to minimize the impact on Friday’s schedule and get back to normal operations as quickly as possible. “
More delays reported on Friday
However, more cancellations and delays surfaced on Friday morning: six canceled departures from Fresno at noon, including flights to San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, and one canceled flight from Los Angeles to Fresno.
Eleven delays in arrivals and departures were also reported.
The Fresno disruptions were among 568 cancellations and 498 delays mid-afternoon Friday on FlightAware.com for SkyWest flights.
SkyWest’s scheduling issues come less than two weeks after Southwest Airlines canceled about 1,900 flights nationwide between Oct. 9 and 11, blaming bad weather and air traffic control issues. This episode included several Southwest Fresno flights to and from Denver and Los Angeles.
This story was originally published 22 October 2021 12:36 pm.