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Southwest Airlines Returns to Normal Operations as Investigations Loom

The carrier recently scrubbed more than half its schedule to reset after a winter storm

Today, Southwest Airlines began flying an almost normal schedule with fewer than 50 canceled flights, a dramatic turnaround after a week in which thousands of grounded flights had become a daily reality.

Tracking service Flightradar24 showed more than 400 active Southwest flights at one point Friday, compared with about 160 at the same time a day earlier. Airports across the country with a large Southwest presence reported no major problems as the carrier scrubbed about 1 percent of flights, down from about 60 percent in recent days.

"We appreciate the dedicated work of the Southwest Team to restore our schedule, and we anticipate minimal disruptions for the weekend," the airline said in a Friday statement. "Once again, we value the continued patience and support of our valued Customers, and we apologize for the inconveniences of the past week."

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