Over 1K flights cancelled as severe thunderstorm hits U.S. east coast – National

Tens of thousands of travelers saw their travel plans disrupted on Friday after airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights for a second day in a row due to thunderstorms that battered the East Coast.

The three major airports in the New York area and Reagan National Airport outside of Washington, DC, had the most cancellations Friday afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.

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American Airlines has cut more than 200 flights, or 6% of its schedule. Republic Airways, which operates smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, also canceled more than 200 flights, or about 20% of its schedule.

Another 3,700 flights were delayed by mid-afternoon.

The thunderstorms caused delays of more than 90 minutes on average at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said the storms could also cause delays at major airports from Florida to Boston.

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About 1,200 US flights were canceled Thursday – 4.6% of all scheduled flights, and the highest number since July 25, according to FlightAware.


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Travelers have been hit with widespread cancellations and delays this summer. Travel has rebounded faster than expected – to around 88% of pre-pandemic levels in July – and airlines have been unable to ramp up staff quickly enough. They have reduced schedules in an attempt to make the remaining flights more reliable.

Airlines serving the United States had a bad month of June, canceling more than 21,000 flights or 2.7%, compared to 1.8% in June 2019, before the airlines pushed workers to quit during the pandemic. Airlines did better in July, however, canceling around 14,000 flights, or 1.8%.

Delays have been more persistent – ​​above 23% in June and July.

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