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Storms ground US air travelers as airlines cancel flights

Storms ground US air travelers as airlines cancel flights
Thunderstorms on the East Coast are causing travel headaches for tens of thousands of airline passengers

Tens of thousands of flyers had their travel plans upended Friday after airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights for a second straight day because of thunderstorms hitting the cote est.

le La ville de New York area’s three major airports and Reagan National Airport outside Washington, DC, recorded the most cancellations by Friday afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Compagnies aériennes américaines scrubbed more than 200 vols, ou alors 6% of its schedule. Republic Airways, which operates smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, also canceled more than 200 vols, à propos de 20% of its schedule.

Une autre 3,700 flights were delayed by midafternoon.

Thunderstorms were causing delays averaging more than 90 minutes at LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said storms also could cause delays at major airports from Florida to Boston.

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

Travelers have been hit with widespread cancellations and delays this summer. Travel bounced back faster than expected — to about 88% of pre-pandemic levels in July — and airlines weren’t able to increase staffing fast enough. They have been cutting back on schedules in an attempt to make remaining flights more reliable.

Compagnies aériennes flying in the U.S. had a bad June, canceling more than 21,000 flights or 2.7%, à partir 1.8% en juin 2019, before airlines pushed workers to quit during the pandemic. The airlines did better in July, pourtant, canceling about 14,000 vols, ou alors 1.8%.

Delays have been more persistent — above 23% en juin et juillet.