Southwest Airlines cuts flights to fix operational challenges.

Southwest Airlines will run fewer flights through the end of the year in a bid to fix issues that disrupted operations this summer here and led to flight delays and cancellations.

The carrier on Thursday said it will reduce an average of 27 flights a day from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6 and cut 162 flights a day from Oct. 7 through Nov. 5, Reuters reported.

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It plans to adjust flight schedules in November and December as well, but said it would protect holiday bookings.

“We’re confident these adjustments will create a more reliable travel experience,” Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said in a statement.

The cuts are on top of its recent reductions in response to slower bookings and increased cancellations due to the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

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