Widespread weather delays cap lousy travel week

(AP) - In a fitting end to a miserable week for travelers, U.S. airlines canceled more than 1,350 flights and another 7,300 were running late on Friday.

The airlines blamed storms along the East Coast and high winds in the country's interior.

At New York's LaGuardia Airport and in Philadelphia, about one-fourth of flights were scrubbed and many more delayed. At O'Hare Airport in Chicago, where there was a high-wind advisory, one-third of takeoffs were late.

Most of the cancelations and delays occurred on regional airlines that operate connecting flights for the big carriers. They use smaller planes that carry fewer customers, making them a prime target for scrapping when bad weather limits the number of flights that can get out.

By early evening, about 1,800 flights on United Express, nearly 1,400 on US Airways Express, 1,100 on Delta Connection and nearly 900 on American Eagle had landed late or were behind schedule, according to an analysis by FlightAware.com.

The tracking service said 6,000 flights have been canceled and 35,000 delayed this week. Total cancelations since Dec. 1 have passed 81,000. That's the most in the winter season since the government started keeping track in 1987-1988. And there's still a month of winter left.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Prime-Time
    Will prime-time be a good time for the Seahawks once again?

  • Week in Photos
    Cheetahs, penguins and Santa make it in this week's photos
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.