Airline flights were picking up across the Northeast Wednesday morning as airlines looked to restart their schedules following a major winter storm.
More than 625 flights were canceled nationwide as 7:20 a.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service. FlightAware. But that was a dramatic improvement from Tuesday, when more than 4,750 flights – roughly 15% of the entire daily schedule in the United States – were grounded.
Most of Wednesday’s cancellations were in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and at airports across New England, where more than two feet of snow fell in some areas.
Wednesday’s slow resumption of service comes after nearly all flights were grounded Tuesday at five of the region’s biggest airports were – New York JFK, Newark Liberty, Boston and Philadelphia.
Still, this week will go into the books as a rough one for air travelers. Since Monday, more than 8,100 flights were grounded as airlines tried to keep their planes – and crews – out of the storm’s path.
Many of the cancellations were preemptive. By Sunday evening, airlines had grounded more than 3,200 flights for Monday and Tuesday – cancellations that came before the first snowflakes had even fallen along the East Coast.