Tens of thousands of passengers had to interrupt their travel plans this Friday after airlines canceled more than a thousand flights for the second day in a row due to thunderstorms hitting the east coast of the United States.
The three major airports in New York City and Reagan National Airport outside Washington, DC, had the highest number of cancellations as of Friday afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.
American Airlines canceled more than 200 flights; i.e. 6% of your program. For its part, Republic Airways, which operates smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, also canceled more than 200 flights, about 20% of its scheduled flights. Another 3,700 flights were delayed by mid-afternoon.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), thunderstorms caused delays of more than 90 minutes at New York’s LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports, in New Jersey. The FAA said the storms could also cause delays at other major airports, from Florida to Boston.
About 1,200 flights in the United States were canceled on Thursdayaccounting for 4.6% of all scheduled flights and the highest figure since July 25, according to FlightAware.
Travelers have been hit by widespread cancellations and delays this summer. The recovery in travel has been faster than expected, but airlines have not been able to increase staff as quickly as necessary.
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