US airlines cancel 1,220 flights as Tropical Storm Nicole hits Florida

Reuters.- US airlines canceled 1,220 flights early Thursday as Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall on Florida’s east coast, disrupting operations and forcing the region’s airports to close.

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and Southwest Airlines canceled more than 100 flights each, while United Airlines canceled 73 trips, according to flight tracking website

Nearly 990 flights were canceled on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration had warned travelers earlier this week that it expected the tropical storm to strengthen and affect flights in Florida and along the southeast coast.

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The flight cancellations are likely to add to the woes for airlines struggling to ramp up operations and take advantage of a rebound in tourism amid staff shortages and last year’s strikes.

Airports in the affected region, including Orlando International, Daytona Beach International and Palm Beach International, stopped operating, while Jacksonville International Airport remained open.

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