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More delays, cancellations at SFO, Oakland airports for midweek travelers

A security checkpoint as people wait in line and TSA agents checking boarding passes and id's.
Travelers saw delays and cancellations Wednesday morning at San Francisco International Airport. | Source: Morgan Ellis/The Standard

Travelers at San Francisco International Airport were facing several delays and cancellations Wednesday morning, according to data from FlightAware.

As of 7:30 a.m., 99 flights were delayed, and six had been canceled. By 12:30 p.m., that number had more than doubled to 255 flights.

In early tallies, Southwest Airlines had the most delays with 37, followed by SkyWest Airlines with 14, United Airlines with 11, Delta Airlines with nine and American Airlines with eight. By midday, United saw 89 delays, while SkyWest and Southwest had 53 and 39 delays respectively. One hundred and thirty-two flights coming into SFO were late, while 113 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 Wednesday morning.

At Oakland International Airport, initial counts saw 17 flights delayed and two canceled. As of midday, 50 flights were delayed, with 45 from Southwest and three from Hawaiian Airlines. Nineteen flights were late arriving, while 31 were behind schedule to depart the airport.

At San Jose's Mineta International Airport, 35 flights had been delayed—up from an early tally of 13—and two were canceled, with 24 delays coming from Southwest flights, three from Alaska Airlines and five from SkyWest Airlines.

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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a traffic management program for SFO due to weather and low ceilings, with arriving flights seeings delays, gate holds and taxi delays lasting an average of one hour and 38 minutes.

Although there was no similar program on Christmas Day, delays and cancellations did complicate would-be travelers' plans. During last Wednesday's storm, a similar program saw delays averaging 59 minutes. The first of two storm systems this week was due to arrive this morning, bringing strong winds along with a high surf advisory and massive marine waves to Northern California coastlines.