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“Flight Chaos Unleashed: Unprecedented Storms and Airline Disruptions Sweep Across the United States”

"Flight Chaos Unleashed: Unprecedented Storms and Airline Disruptions Sweep Across the United States"

After severe storms tore through various parts of the country, primarily in the Southeast and the Ohio Valley, more than 7,800 flights across the United States were delayed or canceled on Monday.

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According to FlightAware data, 6,196 flights inside, into, or out of the United States were delayed on Monday evening, with another 1,674 canceled. United Airlines (UAL) was the worst-performing domestic airline in the United States. As of 6 p.m. ET, about 10% of its scheduled flights, or 314 flights, had been canceled, and another 17%, or 853 flights, had been delayed. Delta (DAL) was not far behind, canceling 6% (216 flights) of its schedule and delaying 24% (845 flights).

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Additionally, the schedules of two commuter carriers were impacted. The short-haul flights operated by Republic Airways for American Airlines, Delta, and United were delayed by 23% (233 flights) and 30% (300 flights) respectively. Similar numbers of cancellations and delays were encountered by Endeavour Air, a Delta-owned airline.

With 90 million people at risk of severe storms, Monday’s forecast also appears to be challenging for travelers. The mid-Atlantic and Northeast are designated as having an “enhanced risk” of Level 3 out of 5, when additional rounds of thunderstorms are probable later in the day. The area with higher hazards includes Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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