Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Thousands of flights canceled as Northeast prepares for massive snowstorm

Thousands of flights canceled as Northeast prepares for massive snowstorm

Delta is rebooking travelers flying in and out of 30 airports across the Northeast.

Southwest Airlines has reportedly grounded all flights at 14 airports stretching from Washington, Portland, Maine, canceling roughly 900 flights.

Blizzard conditions across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast caused flight delays and cancellations Monday at Orlando International Airport ahead of predicted 20-inches of snow through Tuesday.

United and American Airlines are offering date changes to passengers with imminent bookings to and from the north-east US.

The preemptive cancellations and weather waivers come as the storm was expected to hit its peak in the Northeast on Tuesday.

Fliers departing Wednesday will also experience travel disruptions.

Wednesday night will likely be the coldest, forecasters say.

For example, Chicago is the most affected city: 47 per cent of all the flights in and from the city have been disrupted. Other airlines, like Virgin America and United, are waiving differences in fares on top of waiving flight change fees.

RDU officials said the airport does not expect the schedule to be normal for at least a day or two.

Delta Airlines canceled flight 948 scheduled to take off at 2:10 pm, from Mexico City to NY as well as flight 752, which connected Aeromexico's AMX121 flight to NY.

The National Weather Service warns that on Tuesday in Boston "snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines".

Southwest anticipated that it would suspend almost all of its Northeast schedule Tuesday, spokeswoman Melissa Ford said in a Sunday e-mail to Today in the Sky.

Airlines canceled more than 8,000 flights between Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

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