MORE than 1,000 flights were canceled and 3,700 were delayed by Friday afternoon – after the second-worst flying day this month.
The number of cancellations rose to nearly 1,500 flights by evening for the second straight day of disruptions, ruining the plans of tens of thousands of travelers across the country.
The reason for the travel disruptions is thunderstorms along the East Coast, which caused delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, reports The Associated Press.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the average ground delay at JFK Friday night was at least 81 minutes and a maximum delay of 291 minutes due to thunderstorms.
Delays were also reported at Boston Logan International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Meanwhile, American Airlines has canceled over 200 flights, accounting for 6 percent of the airline’s schedule.
“We are currently managing weather related delays and cancellations that are affecting other airlines as well,” American Airlines tweeted in response to a Twitter user’s complaint, according to NBC DFW, adding that “cancellations are never part of the plan.”
And Republic Airways has also canceled more than 200 flights, accounting for 20 percent of its schedule. The company operates smaller aircraft for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.
As of Friday noon, 3,700 flights were delayed – a number that rose to 7,286 in the evening, according to Flight Aware.
The delayed flights were flying within, to, or from the United States.
A day earlier, 1,200 US flights were canceled, the highest number of cancellations since July 25, according to Flight Aware.
Cancellations on Thursday accounted for 4.6 percent of all scheduled flights nationwide.
AP News reports that more than 21,000 flights were canceled in June 2022, up 1.8 percent from June 2019.
And in July 2022, around 14,000 flights were canceled.
Meanwhile, American Airlines has reportedly canceled more than 1,800 flights scheduled to depart from Philadelphia this year due to staff shortages.
The cancellations therefore affect flights in September and October travel clock.
American, the largest airline in the US, has struggled to fill flights all year long.
According to Philly Caller, the company suffers from a shortage of qualified pilots and flight attendants.
Thousands of pilots retired during the pandemic and others were bought out while recruitment fell.
Since the pandemic lifted travel restrictions and more Americans took to the skies again, major airlines have struggled to keep up with demand, especially around the holidays.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5940489/airport-chaos-flights-canceled-delayed-august/ Chaos at the airport after more than 1,000 US flights were canceled and 3,700 delayed after the second-worst flying day this month