Southwest Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights in and Out of California, Including SoCal Airports

Southwest Airlines has canceled some 250 flights in and out of California as a “dangerous” storm forecast to bring torrential rain and powerful winds moved through the state on Friday.

A Southwest passenger jet pulls in to a gate at Los Angeles International Airport on April 5, 2011. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A Southwest passenger jet pulls in to a gate at Los Angeles International Airport on April 5, 2011. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

All Southwest flights out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana have been canceled as of 10 a.m., according to the airline. It was not immediately known when they would resume.

In addition to cancellations, the airline warned that scheduled service may be disrupted at airports across California, including Los Angeles, Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Orange County, according to a Southwest news release.

“In the state of California, we’ve proactively canceled more than 250 flights and expect the number to stay around there for today,” a Southwest spokesperson told KTLA.

Customers holding reservations to, from and through any of the cities impacted by the inclement weather on Friday and Saturday can alter their plans without paying additional charges, according to the release.

Other airlines have also canceled some flights out of Southern California Friday, including American and United, the aviation tracking website flightaware.com showed.

Forecasters have warned that Friday’s storm could be the strongest to hit the region in years, with coastal and valley locations likely receiving 2 to 6 inches of rain, with 5 to 10 inches expected in the mountains and foothills.

KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this story.