For 2 consecutive days, airlines canceled thousands of U.S. flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday aft thunderstorms deed the East Coast.
According to the tracking work FlightAware, 1,532 flights, either arriving, leaving, oregon traveling wrong the United States, had been canceled arsenic of precocious Friday, portion different 8,803 had been delayed.
The 3 large airports successful the New York City country and Ronald Reagan National Airport extracurricular Washington recorded the astir cancellations.
American Airlines scrubbed astir 250 flights, oregon 7 percent of its schedule. Republic Airways, which operates smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express, canceled a akin number, astir 25 percent of its flights.
Thunderstorms were stopping oregon delaying early-evening flights successful New York, Boston, the Washington area, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Denver, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It was the 2nd consecutive time of large disruptions for hose companies and the worst time for cancellations since mid-June.
On Thursday, airlines canceled astir 1,200 flights nationwide, oregon 4.6 percent of each those scheduled. About 9 percent of flights scheduled by Southwest Airlines were canceled connected its Thursday schedule. The hose institution delayed different 1,800 flights, oregon 46 percent of each those scheduled.
“Weather successful the northeastern U.S. is resulting successful aggregate disruptions and Customer Service hold times whitethorn beryllium longer than usual,” Southwest Airlines said successful a statement connected Friday, apologizing to travelers for the inconvenience.
Besides atrocious weather, strikes and unit shortages person besides forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights and caused hours-long queues astatine large airports, frustrating holidaymakers keen to question aft COVID-19-related lockdowns.
During Memorial Day weekend, thousands of flights were canceled crossed the United States, portion successful June, much than 21,000 flights were canceled. In July, airlines did better, canceling astir 14,000 flights, oregon 1.8 percent.
Travel bounced backmost faster than expected—to astir 88 percent of pre-pandemic levels successful July—and airlines weren’t capable to summation staffing accelerated enough. They person been cutting backmost connected schedules successful an effort to marque remaining flights much reliable.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
From NTD News