Storm leads to flight cancellations at metro NYC airports

Cheryl Sanders
March 30, 2017

Disruptions to air travel already promised to roll over into Wednesday, with more than 860 flights being cancelled by Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

Almost all flights from LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport were canceled.

Travelers in the Midwest and Northeast can anticipate significant weather-related challenges to start the week as Winter Storm Stella continues its push across the U.S.

While St. Louis received light snow Monday morning, Chicago received several inches of snow, leading to hundreds of flight cancellations. Southwest alone had grounded more than 300 flights Monday, with about half of those coming at Chicago Midway - one of the carrier's busiest bases.

National Weather Service blizzard and winter storm warnings were in effect for the region including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and CT, with forecasts for up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow by early Wednesday and temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Tracking service said Monday afternoon that more than 1500 flights on Monday and more than 4600 on Tuesday had been cancelled. Changes must also be made by Hawaiian Airlines personnel through the Reservations department or at the airport.

Both airlines say they are hopeful that airports in the NY area will be clear by tomorrow, although this clearly remains to be seen, even though they point separately to Chicago O'Hare Airport operating normally as of now. For anyone flying out of Atlanta, you can check your flight status here. Even in Florida, about three dozen flights had been canceled in Orlando - mostly on flights to the north.

Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says 1,124 flights are cancelled at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday. It said customers should expect some crowds and delays. United Airlines said it would have no operations at Newark or LaGuardia. Around 170 flights to and from RDU were canceled Tuesday.

Most of the airlines have offered some sort of compensation or fee waiver/free rebook program for flights affected for today and Tuesday: American airlines is offering customers with tickets to or from affected airports to change their dates to March 15 or 17 depending, without fees.

Flights from Pittsburgh to Baltimore to Montreal were also canceled Tuesday.

Many airlines planned ahead and re-booked passengers in the days leading up to the storm through airports not affected by the weather.

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