The winter storm that swept through much of the US led to thousands of flight cancellations and delays on Thursday, most likely within the day.
As of early afternoon Eastern time, 4,762 flights scheduled to arrive or depart from US airports on Thursday were canceled and an additional 934 flights were delayed, according to FlightAwarea tracking site.
One of the worst-affected cities was Dallas, where about 800 departures were canceled and about 750 arrivals cancelled. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, 65% of departures and 60% of arrivals were cancelled, and at Dallas Love Field Airport, 84% of departures and 78% of arrivals were cancelled. cancel.
A little after noon, Dallas-Fort Worth reopened a runway but warned“Due to ongoing weather conditions, we are predicting intermediate downtime throughout the day for ice handling.”
The majority of flights were canceled at each of the three largest airports serving Ohio – Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – as well as at airports fly in St. Louis and in Austin, Texas.
The Federal Aviation Administration handles 45,000 flights a day on average, meaning Thursday’s cancellations and delays are affecting more than 10 percent of air traffic in the United States. That’s a remarkably high number: Despite a lot of seasonal variation, total daily cancellations tend to be less than 2% on average.
Between January 2021 and November 2021 – the last period for which official data is available – 1.65% of flights in the US were canceled, according to the Department of Transportation Department of Transportation Statistics. (Totals for the full year will likely be slightly higher as the Omicron variant causes a spike in cancellations around the holidays.)
Currently, airlines have canceled nearly twice as many flights to the United States on Thursday compared with 2,372 they did on Wednesday.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/us/winter-storm-flight-cancellations.html More than 4,600 flights canceled amid winter storm