Up to 40% of flights delayed or canceled by SFO runway closure

Thousands of travelers have faced delays at San Francisco International Airport in the fourth day of a runway closure that will continue through September 27.

The airport shut down its busiest runway to flight traffic for repairs on Saturday. Ever since, 32 to 40% of flights have been delayed or cancelled on average. The airport conducts about 1,250 flight operations per day and 400 to 500 of those have been impacted.

“About one-third of flights are affected,” SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel said.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 103 flights had been cancelled and 257 delayed, according to the flight-tracking site Flight Aware.

The numbers were worse on Monday with 135 cancellations and 355 delays. Across the four days, there have been more than 1,200 cancellations or delays. The majority of these have been regional or intra-California flights.

The airport announced the 20-day closure of runway 28L in March and stated the project team chose to replace the runway bed between the busier summer and holiday travel seasons. Airlines have reduced their SFO flights in preparation, but the impact is still being widely felt.

For tips on how travelers can deal with the runway mess and find alternatives, read SFGATE’s story “Booked to fly to/from delay plagued SFO? Here’s what to do.”

Amy Graff is a digital editor SFGATE. Email her at agraff@sfgate.com.

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