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23 May 2024

2000 flights canceled in America due to the weather

By Reuters

Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights in the United States that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, disrupting thousands of vacation plans, as large swathes of the country were hit by a bout of freezing weather ahead of a powerful winter storm.

The extreme weather coincides with the start of a travel season that is set to be one of the busiest for holiday travel in decades.

According to the "Flight Aware" website for tracking aircraft movements, the total number of cancellations within, to or from the United States reached 1239 at eight in the morning EST today, while an additional 699 flights were canceled for tomorrow.

Last year's season was affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 among the crews, which forced airlines to cancel many flights.

And US airlines, including Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines, announced on Tuesday that they will cancel reservation adjustment fees and fare differences for passengers in a number of affected areas.

American Airlines said yesterday that it continues to monitor the winter storm, which is expected to affect airports in the Midwest, Northeast and East Coast within days.