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No, it wasn’t a pilot ‘sickout’: Here’s what was really behind Southwest’s flight disruptions over the weekend

The pain of flight cancellations was made worse as fewer flights were available to those rebooking

A check-in for a Southwest Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines Co.’s weekend of canceled fights was made worse by the deep cuts the airline and others had to make to their flight schedules, and the snags are likely to add to the airline’s labor strains and costs.

Southwest LUV canceled more than 2,000 flights over the weekend and into the week, with hundreds more delayed, leaving passengers stranded. The stock is down more than 5% for the week so far, compared with losses of 1.1% for the U.S. Global Jets ETF JETS and 1% for the S&P 500 index SPX in the same period....