CHICAGO- In the wake of a substantial winter storm causing power outages and disruptions across 12 states, airlines in the United States had to cancel approximately 1,400 flights on Friday.
The adverse weather conditions, coupled with forecasts predicting an intense freeze over the weekend, led to widespread challenges for businesses.
US Airlines Cancels Nearly 1,400 Flights
As of 8:16 a.m. ET, FlightAware, the flight-tracking website, reported a total of 1,395 flight cancellations and 788 flight delays.
Delta Air Lines (DL) acknowledged the anticipated operational challenges brought about by the Midwest’s severe weather, extending into the potential impact on the following day.
Southwest Airlines (WN) has issued a travel advisory, cautioning that certain flights in areas like Chicago, Detroit, and Omaha may encounter disruptions.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning on Thursday, indicating that flights at specific airports might face delays due to clouds, snow, and strong winds.
Southwest and United Flight Cancellations
Southwest Airlines tops the list of cancellations with 270 flights, closely followed by United Airlines (UA), which canceled 252 flights.
United Airlines has also extended cancellations through Saturday, awaiting regulatory approvals to resume the operation of Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 jets in the country.
In response, United is actively working to bring its MAX 9 jets back into service and is adjusting its flight schedule by substituting other aircraft types for some planned flights.
The FAA initiated a formal investigation on the 737 MAX 9 after an Alaska Airlines (AS) flight experienced a cabin panel detachment mid-air last week, prompting an emergency landing.
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