Harvey halts flights at Houston airports, cancels over 5,000

Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017

bush-intercontinental-airportSeveral flights have been grounded at both airports of Houston on account of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey that witnessed chaos due to snagging air schedules for a second consecutive day, Sunday.


Already over 1,400 cancellations had continued well into Monday and another 450 into Tuesday. All the leading airlines of the U.S. were waiving change fees for travellers scheduled to fly to this region. All across the nation, airlines had to ground 1,785 flights around 10.25 p.m. as revealed by FlightAware that is a flight-tracking service.


The majority of them arrived in Houston and at other Texas airports while several were preemptively cancelled sometime on Saturday.


The problems of Sunday marked the second consecutive day of extreme flight disruptions in this part of the world. Over 1,100 flights were grounded across the U.S. on Saturday, most of them owing to Harvey.


Since both the airports of Houston were shut down on Monday, over 1,475 flights were cancelled around 10.25 a.m.


Together with about 200 cancellations from Friday and another 455 that were already axed on Tuesday, more than 5,000 flights had been grounded throughout the nation since Friday. A majority of the cancellations can be attributed to Hurricane Harvey.


Hobby and Bush Intercontinental Airports of Houston were bearing the brunt of delays and flight cancellations before they were halted altogether by Sunday.


FlightAware mentioned that nearly 1,100 flights comprising over 90% of the day’s schedule had been cancelled by midday.


All flights were also grounded at Hobby Airport of Houston.


Hobby is, in fact, one of the busiest bases for Southwest Airlines and has services also for many other major U.S. carriers.


Cancellations and delays were also observed at the leading airports located farther inland.


San Antonio and Austin are other places where more than a quarter of all flights have been cancelled on both Sunday and Saturday, as per the estimates of FlightAware.


Travellers flying to any airport in this region in the next few days need to check ahead the status of their flights.


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