Thunderstorms disrupt hundreds of US flights
(CNN) — Airlines and passengers are experiencing the worst day for flight cancellations in a week due to thunderstorms hitting East Coast hubs.
FlightAware data showed 544 cancellations nationwide as of 7:50 p.m. ET Tuesday.
In the New York area, 9% of flights at LaGuardia International Airport had been canceled and 8% at Newark Liberty International Airport. At Washington’s Reagan National Airport, 11% of flights were canceled.
The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a late Tuesday afternoon ground delay schedule for flights to Newark and LaGuardia. The FAA was also delaying some outbound flights still on the ground.
Severe storms moving across the northeast and mid-Atlantic are expected to continue into the evening, according to CNN’s weather team. Severe thunderstorm watches stretch from Virginia to Maine and are in effect until 10 p.m. ET.
“Weather conditions have caused flight disruptions from LGA Airport,” said a tweet Tuesday afternoon from the official LaGuardia Airport Twitter account. “Check with your airline to determine your flight status.”
Short-staffed airlines are under pressure from Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg to cancel fewer flights.
Weather disruptions are a regular feature of summer travel, but rising demand, airline staffing shortages and air traffic controller staffing issues have added to recent increases in delays and cancellations.
The number of passengers screened at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints hit a pandemic-era record on the Friday before the July 4 holiday weekend — 2,490,490.
On Monday, July 11, the TSA screened 2,292,793 people, about 88% of the number of people screened at checkpoints on the same weekday before the pandemic in 2019.
Top image: A traveler walks past stranded American Airlines planes at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 11. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)