The airline’s flights to and from Los Angeles and San Francisco are suspended because of a “major incident” at the airport, Southwest Airlines said in a statement Monday.
The airline said the aircraft had been in a “controlled” status since Friday.
Southwest said it had canceled flights from New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta to and through Chicago and Los Angeles.
The airline said its flights had been scheduled to depart from LAX, JFK and LaGuardia airports.
The flights will be rescheduled.
“As of now, we are suspending flights to major cities and cities on the East Coast to the extent possible,” Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Lisa Mathers said in the statement.
It said the affected cities include: Baltimore, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington D.C., and the Western United States.
According to Southwest, the aircraft is operated by American Airlines.
“It’s a very unfortunate incident, but the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority,” Mather