Flights cancelled in the Northeast due to huge storm

More Than 4,560 Airline Flights Cancelled by Storm

WestJet Boeing 737-700 stuck in the snow at Kelowna Airport

Air travelers faced a new round of headaches Sunday from a major winter storm, the second to disrupt air travel in a week.

More than 4,560 airline flights had been canceled through Monday. Additionally, most big airlines had issued weather waivers that allowed passengers flying to airports in the storm’s path to change their flight plans without paying the standard change fees. Carriers issuing weather waivers included American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America. Details, dates and cites covered by the waivers varied by airline.

Also, as they did ahead of last week’s storm that snarled flights in the Northeast, airlines began preemptively began cancelling flights ahead of this latest system. More than 1,200 cancellations for Sunday and Monday were already in the books by Saturday evening, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The disruption comes less than a week after the last big storm, which prompted airlines to ground more than 8,100 flights across the nation from Monday through Wednesday.

This time around, the overall cancellation tally stood at about 4,560, as of 10:40 p.m. ET on Sunday. That included 2,010 flights already grounded for Monday.

The worst of Sunday’s cancellations came in Chicago, where up to a foot of snow was forecast for the metro area. FlightAware counted about 1,375 cancellations at Chicago’s busy O’Hare airport and more than 300 at Chicago Midway as of at 10:40 p.m. ET. About 220 Detroit flights had been canceled Sunday and about 50 in Cleveland. And the cancellation totals also began to mount at New York City’s delay-prone airports, with more than 110 cancellations at Newark and nearly as many at JFK and LaGuardia.


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