NEW YORK, April 7 Delta Air Lines Inc
said it had cancelled nearly 3,000 flights this week after a
severe storm hit its hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and apologised
for its response to the "unprecedented" weather.
On Friday alone, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic
cancelled 493 flights by the afternoon, according to flight
tracking website FlightAware.com, severely affecting routes in
and out of its Atlanta hub.
The storm ravaged much of the city on Wednesday, dumping
several inches of rain and leaving behind damaged property and
downed trees, according to local media reports.
Delta Chief Operating Officer Gil West on Thursday
apologized for the airline's performance in the wake of the
storm, saying that its "recovery has not been ideal."
"When Delta doesn’t fly aircraft, not only do customers not
get to their destination, but flight crews don’t get to where
they are scheduled to be. When this happens, unfortunately,
further delays and cancellations result," West said in a
(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Andrew Hay)