The airlines blamed storms along the East Coast and high winds in the country’s interior on Friday.
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, nearly one-third of takeoffs were late.
Tracking service FlightAware.com says 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 for the winter season since the government started keeping track in 1987-1988. And there’s still a month of winter left.