Airlines cancel about 1,400 U.S. flights as thunderstorms hit the East Coast. Another 6,300 flights had been delayed by early evening. The three major airports in the New York City area and Reagan National Airport recorded the most cancellations. American Airlines scrubbed about 250 flights, or 7% of its schedule.

About 1,200 U.S. flights were canceled Thursday, 4.6% of all those scheduled. Thunderstorms were stopping or delaying early-evening flights in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and Denver. Republic Airways, which operates smaller planes for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, canceled a similar number.

Airlines in the U.S. had a bad June, canceling more than 21,000 flights or 2.7%. The airlines did better in July, Canceling about 14,000 flight, or 1.8%. Delays have been more persistent — above 23% in both June and July.
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