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Over 170 flights delayed at San Francisco airport as rainstorm rages on

Travelers wait to get checked in at the San Francisco International Airport Air China gate on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. Many are leaving town before the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
Wet weather conditions Tuesday led to delayed flights at all three San Francisco Bay Area airports. | Source: Gina Castro/The Standard

With rain soaking the Bay Area on Tuesday morning, San Francisco International Airport was dealing with more than 170 delays and multiple cancellations for flights in and out of the airport, according to data from FlightAware.

As of 11:09 a.m., 174 flights were delayed, and four—two from Australian carrier Qantas, one from United and one from Hawaiian—had been canceled.

United Airlines had the most delays with 47, followed by Southwest Airlines at 34, SkyWest with 16, JetBlue with 11 and Delta with 10. More than 90 flights coming into SFO were late, while more than 70 leaving the airport were behind schedule.

The other two major San Francisco Bay Area airports were also dealing with delayed arrivals and departures for flights Tuesday, thanks to rainstorms.

At Oakland International Airport, 22 flights were delayed, all but one from Southwest, and one flight had been canceled. At San Jose's Mineta International Airport, 25 flights had been delayed by mid-morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a traffic management program early Tuesday for SFO, saying some arriving flights would see delays averaging around 55 minutes due to low ceilings and wind. A similar program around 2 p.m. Monday saw delays averaging more than 90 minutes.