Many flights in Florida are canceled or delayed due to thunderstorms. This slowed the traffic in top travel destinations during spring break. FlightAware, a flight-tracking site, said that nearly 5,900 U.S. flights were delayed and 1,930 were canceled on Saturday.
The climatic conditions highly affect airlines because it is harder to predict and take precautions. During hard times like winter storms and hurricanes, airline companies cancel flights before hours. There tend to be cascading effects when storms disrupt crews and planes due to their unique positions. Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly five hundred flights on Saturday and delayed more than a thousand flights. Nearly 10% of flights were canceled on Sunday and nearly eight hundred flights were delayed. Before the storm hit the company had paused departures for regular maintenance.
Delta Airlines spokesperson said that the climatic condition in Florida has caused a greater disruption to airline operation on Saturday. Nearly a fifth of all the airline company’s schedules was delayed or canceled. Major airline companies like Delta, American, and Alaska Airlines are walking out at the airports as their union is fighting against management for better pay.