Sumary of With weather delays in the forecast, air travelers should pack their patience and follow these tips:
- Fallon AFP/Getty Images A plane flies through the plume of smoke created by the Palisades Fire in Topanga State Park, northwest of Los Angeles, on May 15. Heat waves and fires are exacerbating the usual summer weather delays this year.
- Travelers taking to the skies in post-pandemic enthusiasm are running into an age-old reality: Mother Nature rules.
- Hurricanes, thunderstorms, hail, wind and lightning can wreak havoc at airports, causing flight delays and cancellations.
- In 2019, flight delays cost airlines, passengers and others an estimated $33 billion, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Weather continues to be the No. 1 cause, accounting for nearly 70 percent of all delays.
- Especially in summer, thunderstorms percolate in midafternoon as temperatures rise, triggering a domino effect of delays and cancellations at airports.