US Airlines Cancel Over 1,300 Flights Due to Hurricane Beryl

US Airlines Cancel Over 1,300 Flights Due to Hurricane Beryl
An American flag waves near a trailer home left overturned by Hurricane Beryl winds in Surfside Beach, Texas on July 8, 2024. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Airlines in the United States canceled more than 1,300 flights and delayed more than 1,000 more on July 8 as Hurricane Beryl intensified and made landfall in Texas.

A total of 1,361 flights were canceled and 1,014 flights were delayed as of 9:06 a.m. Eastern time, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

United Airlines led the list with 405 flights canceled, followed by Southwest Airlines at 268.

“We are continuing to monitor Beryl and have reduced flying at Intercontinental Airport of Houston (IAH) Sunday night and Monday,” United Airlines said in a statement.

Southwest, which said it was monitoring the situation, proactively adjusted its flight schedule on July 8 in Houston and South Texas because of the hurricane.

Both United and Southwest also issued travel advisories citing the effects of Hurricane Beryl at airports that include Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, and Houston, among others in the region.

Beryl, the season’s earliest Category 5 hurricane on record, made landfall near the coastal town of Matagorda, Texas, early in the day, pounding the coast with dangerous storm surges, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The largest ports in Texas also had closed operations and vessel traffic on July 7 after Beryl intensified.

The Federal Aviation Administration on July 5 had warned about the effects of thunderstorms on air travel across the country.