Thousands of Flights Canceled

Thousands of flights in and out of the northeast have been canceled Tuesday, ahead of a major winter storm.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, 41 flights at Orlando International were canceled and 33 were delayed in a 24 hour period.

A huge winter storm is expected to slam the US Northeast this week, bringing a foot or more of snow to Washington, DC; New York City; Boston; Philadelphia; and other cities.

Monday morning, Portland International Airport was only showing three flight cancellations and one delay.

Chicago was hit the hardest as 30% of the flights leaving Midway International, as well as 17% of flights heading out of the biggest airport in the region, O'Hare International, have been cancelled already.

British Airways has cancelled all its flights to the two main NY airports, JFK and Newark, as well as Boston and Philadelphia. The airline has a hub at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport. Airport officials urged travelers to check with their airlines regarding their flight status. Providence and Manchester both reached past the 40% mark for cancellations, and almost one quarter of Hartford flights were cancelled.

American Airlines, along with its regional partners, canceled more than 450 flights Monday and 1,450 flights Tuesday, the airline said.

All big USA airlines have waived change fees to customers ticketed to fly to airports in the storm's path.

That would leave Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y., as Southwest's only airports in the Northeast expected to have service Tuesday - though Southwest's Buffalo schedule was expected to be limited. "And it's important for passengers to realize that while some airlines have eliminated fees to change your ticket due to the snowstorm, if you booked through a third-party site, you need to check with them".

Southwest: Customers holding reservations into or out of affected airports on specific dates can rebook or travel standby within 14 days of their original trip without paying any additional charge.

  • Audrey Hill