Airlines have canceled upward of 600 flight after the parts of Northeast received a foot of snow or more with additional precipitation expected to fall through Thursday morning.
Snow fell from northern Virginia to parts of New England on Wednesday. It carried on north into the evening, sustaining a storm that was poised to drop as much as 2 feet of snow in some places by Thursday.
United Airlines had the most cancellations, calling off 103 flights. Southwest canceled 64 and JetBlue scrubbed 63. Delta and American canceled about 50 each, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.
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As far as airports go, Boston Logan had 131 canceled flights as of 7:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, while Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey had 123.
Most U.S. airlines have already announced flight waivers covering travel on Wednesday and Thursday. The destinations covered, travel dates and other fine print vary by airline and are likely to change with the storm’s projected path and severity.
Note that passengers with nonrefundable tickets are not eligible for a refund unless the airline cancels their flight. However, travelers are eligible to cancel their flight and receive credit toward a future flight and won’t have to pay onerous ticket change fees, even on basic economy tickets. Most airlines will also allow you to make changes to a reservation online.
Thinking of changing your flight to another day or time this week or early next week if it is covered by the waiver? Don’t dawdle. Rebooking options, already limited by airline flight cuts due to the pandemic, dwindle as more passengers scramble to change their plans. Complicating matters: the first batch of holiday travelers will take off this weekend.
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Airports with major cancellations
Here’s a look at airports with significant cancellations and delays:
Boston Logan International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 68
Thursday cancellations: 131
New York area
Newark Liberty International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 131
Thursday cancellations: 123
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 108
Thursday cancellations: 78
Thursday cancellations: 73
Philadelphia International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 25
Thursday cancellations: 28
Washington, D.C. area
Washington Dulles International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 130
Thursday cancellations: 26
Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 102
Thursday cancellations: 44
Reagan National Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 31
Thursday cancellations: 16
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 39
Thursday cancellations: 34
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Wednesday cancellations: 60
Thursday cancellations: 41
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