Flights canceled, delayed as climate, Max 9 grounding disrupt journey

An Embraer E175LR passengers plane of American Eagles airways (C) taxxing earlier than take-off to Pittsburg is seen at La Guardia Airport on January 9, 2024.

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Airways canceled about 2,000 U.S. flights Friday as they grapple with winter climate and the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 9 planes. 

Storms within the Midwest helped drive greater than 4,500 delays, with main disruptions round Chicago and Detroit, main hubs for the biggest U.S. carriers, in line with flight-tracker FlightAware.

About 40% of flights at Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport, a hub for United Airlines and American Airlines, had been canceled after a snowstorm led to an over two-hour ground stop. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, a hub for Delta Air Lines, had about 20% of flights Friday both delayed or canceled as a result of storms.

Southwest Airlines, which has a giant operation out of Chicago Halfway, canceled greater than 400 flights, whereas greater than 900 had been delayed.

United canceled about 10% of its mainline flights and delayed about 20%.

Final week, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded Boeing 737 Max 9s after a door plug blew off an Alaska Airlines flight, so the jets can endure inspections. That grounding has continued to disrupt journey for each United and Alaska Airlines, the one two U.S. airways that function the plane.

Alaska Airways mentioned Friday it will cancel all flights on the Max 9 by Sunday because it waits for documentation from Boeing and the FAA to start inspections.

About 20% of the provider’s flights had been canceled Friday and greater than 10% had been delayed, FlightAware information confirmed. Alaska mentioned that between 110 and 150 flights per day can be impacted by the grounding of the Max 9. 

“We regret the significant disruption that has been caused for our guests by cancellations due to these aircraft being out of service,” the corporate mentioned.