Cancellations soar past 7000, stretch into Wednesday — Blizzard

Mar 17, 2017, 00:53
Cancellations soar past 7000, stretch into Wednesday — Blizzard

Adam Johnson was stuck in Philadelphia on an nearly two-hour flight delay for his flight back home to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Blizzard conditions will see winds with speeds of up to 120km/h, according to the worst estimates from local forecasters.

However, winds reaching up to 50 miles per hour across NY and New England were likely to double the flights problems caused by the snow.

Perkins said flights to Boston were also being grounded as he waited at MIA Tuesday afternoon.

Almost 6,000 US flights were canceled Tuesday, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking website.

Many flights on Wednesday were already fully booked and the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey advised passengers to check with their airlines and leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport.

Going to LaGuardia airport Wednesday?

The deal is not being offered at John F. Kennedy Airport because it has an AirTrain and is not undergoing similar work, officials said. Shares of United Airlines dropped 3.5 percent, Southwest fell 2 percent, Delta shed 1.3 percent, and American Airlines lost 3.1 percent in trading on Monday according to Forbes.

The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200 for customers who want to change their travel plans.

Southwest Airlines does not charge change fees regularly but has advised passengers flying now through Wednesday of possible cancellations and delays. Few flights were expected to operate at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, and similar problems were likely at smaller airports across parts of NY state and New England.

That was a major improvement from the widespread cancellations and groundings Tuesday that saw carriers turn the airport into a temporary parking lot for jetliners with nowhere to go. Roughly 200,000 homes across nine Northeastern states suffered power outages by early Tuesday afternoon - MA experienced the worst of it with 63,000 homes dealing with power outages.

"In some locations in Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, snowfall from this storm could be the biggest March snowstorm since that of the 1993 March blizzard", said AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

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