LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southwest Airlines released a statement Thursday saying it plans “to return to normal operations with minimal disruptions on Friday, Dec. 30.”

The announcement comes after a week of chaos for thousands of passengers who found themselves stranded at various airports, including in Las Vegas, when Southwest Airlines canceled around two-thirds of its flights initially due to weather and then operational issues.

Thousands of bags remain unclaimed at Harry Reid Int’l Airport after Southwest cancels thousands of flights. (KLAS)

By Thursday morning, Southwest Airlines already canceled 2,361 flights, nearly 60% of its scheduled flights for the day. Las Vegas is being hit hard by the cancellations with nearly 200 flights canceled at Harry Reid International Airport.

According to FlightAware, a website that tracks airlines, shows that Southwest only has 39 flights canceled on Friday.

The statement said, in part:

“We are encouraged by the progress we’ve made to realign Crew, their schedules, and our fleet. With another holiday weekend full of important connections for our valued Customers and Employees, we are eager to return to a state of normalcy.”

Southwest Airlines

The federal government is investigating what happened at Southwest with total cancellations soaring past 10,000 early in the week.

The airline has set up a travel disruption page for customers who have been impacted and is encouraging travelers to submit refund and reimbursement requests for meals, hotel, and alternate transportation. People who have been separated from their luggage can also fill out a form.

The airline statement said the company is investing in “new solutions to manage wide-scale disruptions.”

Travelers can check Reid International’s flight arrivals and departures at this link. Airport officials continue to urge travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to the flight departure and to expect large crowds.