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    12,814.390
    -64.910
    -0.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    28.180
    -0.280
    -1%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,761.130
    -64.740
    -0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    3.290
    0.010
    0.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.630
    0.060
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.080
    -0.090
    -2.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.180
    -0.060
    -4.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.210
    -0.070
    -2.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.630
    -0.090
    -5.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.360
    0.070
    2.1%
  • WAIT.USA
    121.000
    1.000
    0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    12,814.390
    -64.910
    -0.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    28.180
    -0.280
    -1%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,761.130
    -64.740
    -0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    3.290
    0.010
    0.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.630
    0.060
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.080
    -0.090
    -2.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.180
    -0.060
    -4.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.210
    -0.070
    -2.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.630
    -0.090
    -5.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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Air CargoAmerican ShipperNewsWeather and Critical Events

Hurricane Laura: United Airlines cancels flights, cargo delayed

Southwest, American also adjust schedules

(Updated Aug. 26, 10:15 P.M. with details on American Airlines)

A total of 414 flights were canceled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as of Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane Laura, now a Category 4 storm, bears down on the Texas coast.

The Houston Airport System also said on its website that 66 flights have been canceled at Hobby Airport.

United Airlines has canceled more than 600 flights across its network, including all flights through its hub at Houston Intercontinental Airport, for Wednesday and Thursday. Flight cancellations also impact businesses shipping cargo with the carrier.

The number of flights canceled is much fewer than normal because airlines are only flying limited schedules during the COVID-19 crisis. United is operating about 230 flights per day through Houston compared to 545 segments per day before the pandemic, according to spokesman David Gonzalez.

Earlier Wednesday, United Cargo said it was restricting reservations and transport of medical, funeral and temperature-controlled shipments at Houston Intercontinental.

Southwest Airlines proactively suspended flights from Houston Hobby through at least 1 p.m. on Thursday. The airline will make schedule adjustments as necessary to ensure customer and employee safety, a spokesperson said.

American Airlines canceled 19 flights today and has 36 cancellations planned for Thursday, spokeswoman Whitney Zastrow said.

In a related development, logistics provider Dunavent said its distribution group in Houston closed operations at 3 p.m. Wednesday so employees could find shelter. The company will have minimal staff onsite Thursday but said it expects to resume full operations on Friday.

Click here for more FreightWaves/American Shipper stories by Eric Kulisch.

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Eric Kulisch, Air Cargo Editor

Eric is the Air Cargo Market Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government coverage and news analysis, and was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at ekulisch@freightwaves.com
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