United States airlines they canceled 1,220 flights in the first hour Thursday, as Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall on the east coast of Floridadisrupting operations and forcing the region’s airports to close.
Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines they canceled more than 100 flights each, while United Airlines canceled 73 trips, according to the flight tracking website Flightware.com.
On Wednesday they were almost canceled 990 flights.
The Federal Aviation Administration it had warned travelers earlier this week that it expected the tropical storm to strengthen and affect flights in Florida and along the southeast coast.
The flight cancellations are likely to add to the woes of airlines struggling to ramp up operations and take advantage of a rebound in tourism amid staffing shortages and last year’s strikes.
Airports in the affected region, such as Orlando International, Daytona Beach International and Palm Beach International, ceased operations, while Jacksonville International Airport remained open.