At the two major airports in the area, Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field, hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed on Monday due to heavy rains in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (DAL).
According to flight tracking company FlightAware, there were 952 delays and 270 cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth International as of 6 p.m. ET.
The storms caused a lot of rain, which led to flash floods in the area and delayed 51% of flights leaving DFW and 44% of planes arriving at DFW.
Approximately 14% of scheduled flights to arrive at DFW and 12% of scheduled flights to depart from DFW were canceled.
The smaller Dallas Love Field saw 165 delays and 76 cancellations. Love Field saw fewer delays on a percentage basis, but about the same percentage of flights were canceled.
As of 6 p.m. ET, there had been 1,126 flight cancellations and 6,414 delays nationwide.
As a result, as of late afternoon, the two Dallas-Fort Worth airports, with a combined total of 346 cancellations, accounted for close to one-third of all cancellations nationwide.
Flying can be halted by lightning
In an interview with CNN Travel, Kathleen Bangs, a former airline pilot and current spokesperson for flight tracking website FlightAware, said that staffing shortages “continue to affect the sector across the US and Canada, as travelers prepare for the upcoming final summer vacation, Labor Day.”
Due to the ongoing shortage of backup reserve flight crews, aircraft delays are “especially visible on days with heavy thunderstorm system activity,” according to Bangs.
Ground operations, particularly refueling, “may end up getting suspended when airports are directly hit by lengthy storms, especially if lightning occurs within the airport boundary,” she continued.
DFW tweeted on Monday that the coming days might be difficult for travelers.
According to the National Weather Service, almost 10 inches of rain fell in some areas of Dallas between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
Numerous cancellations at DFW were also brought on by unforeseen afternoon thunderstorms over two weeks ago.
Although not nearly as severe as the airports in northern Texas, Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS) and George Bush Intercontinental Houston (IAH) also experienced delays and cancellations.
However, there were substantial cancellations and delays late on Monday afternoon at the three major airports in the New York City region: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), and Newark Liberty International (EWR) (JFK).
By 6 p.m. ET, they had accumulated 448 cancellations as a group.
The most recent statistics will be added to this story Monday night on CNN Travel.
Top photo A day after unanticipated thunderstorms blasted the area, passengers wait at a terminal at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on August 11. Kirby Lee of AP
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