UNITED STATES- Air travelers in the US experienced significant flight disruptions on Tuesday due to a powerful Nor’easter unleashing a mix of snow, ice, rain, and wind across much of the East Coast.
As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, over 1,100 flights had been canceled in the U.S., as reported by FlightAware.
US Airlines Cancels 1100 Flights
The most significant challenges are concentrated around major hub airports in the Northeast. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York has been particularly impacted, with over 220 departures canceled by mid-morning Tuesday, accounting for more than 40% of the day’s schedule.
Other airports experiencing significant disruptions include John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark/Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).
Boston Logan is anticipated to be particularly impacted later on Tuesday afternoon as the winter weather system progresses further into New England.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Tuesday morning report, the snow is expected to diminish by mid to late afternoon in New York City.
More Delays and Cancellations Expected
In anticipation of the storm, airlines took proactive measures on Monday by preemptively canceling hundreds of flights scheduled for Tuesday due to anticipated adverse weather conditions.
Nevertheless, it remains a challenging travel day. Republic Airways, a regional carrier serving Delta Air Lines (DL), American Airlines (AA), and United Airlines (UA), stands out with over 259 departures canceled as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, constituting nearly 30% of its operations, as reported by FlightAware.
Endeavor Air, a regional subsidiary affiliated with Delta, has scrapped an additional 184 flights.
JetBlue, with a substantial operation in the impacted Northeast region, has canceled almost 20% of its Tuesday schedule.
Airports have issued warnings to customers, advising them to prepare for potential travel disruptions in recent days.
Boston’s Logan officials cautioned on social media Monday: “Due to forecasted snow, delays and cancellations are expected.” The airport encouraged customers to verify their flight status with their respective airlines.
Modify your Travel Plans
If your flight is at risk of disruption due to the winter storm in the Northeast, you may have increased flexibility to modify your travel plans. In recent days, major U.S. carriers have issued travel alerts covering the mid-Atlantic, New York, and New England regions.
Typically, these waivers grant passengers the ability to adjust schedules without penalties, even those holding tickets with the most restrictive conditions. However, each airline will specify the rules for making changes and outline steps to avoid additional fare charges.
Travelers covered by these alerts include major airlines’ significant hubs and various other airports in the affected region.
Delta has issued alerts for Boston, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK); American has done the same for LaGuardia, JFK, and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL); United has alerts in place for Dulles International Airport (IAD) outside Washington, D.C., as well as Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
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