Some flights canceled after grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8, Max 9 planes

by Kelly Yamanouchi, AJC

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FORT LAUDERDALE, – MARCH 11: A Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 enroute from Tampa prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on March 11, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Boeing’s stock dropped today after a second deadly crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8, the newest version of its most popular jetliner. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A day after the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes, about 20 flights have been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to airport and flight tracking data.

Southwest Airlines, which has 737 Max 8 planes in its fleet and is the second-largest carrier in Atlanta, is among the airlines that grounded the 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order for the grounding.

Dallas-based Southwest said it canceled 39 Max 8 flights that had been scheduled across the country for Thursday.

Southwest has been coping with other maintenance issues in recent weeks and had the most flight cancellations among airlines across the country Thursday. showed Southwest canceled more than 320 flights Thursday, including those canceled due to the grounding and for other reasons.

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