Jetliners are de-iced before take-off from Cleveland Hopkins Airport in Cleveland, as a dusting of wintry snow delayed flights.(Photo: J. David Ake AP)
A major snowstorm in the Midwest is bearing down on the Northeast and threatens to snarl airline travel for days.
Thursday morning, airlines canceled 1,342 flights and delayed 1,775
flights, according to FlightStats.com, which tracks flights.
suffering the worst by 11 a.m. are Chicago O'Hare, which had 409
cancellations; Newark, which had 280 cancellations; and Cleveland, which
had 207 cancellations, according to FlightStats.
"There will be
travel problems," said Hugh Johnson, a National Weather Service
meteorologist in Albany, N.Y. "It will be very cold."
have begun to waive change fees for travelers changing their plans.
Airlines suggest checking with their websites for details about specific
American Airlines, for example, is offering changes to
flights Thursday and Friday with options through Sunday for flights in
and out of Boston, Buffalo, Harrisburg, Hartford, all three airports in
the New York City area, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse and
United and JetBlue are also waiving change fees for a
slew of airports in the Midwest and Northeast. United's waivers extend
from Milwaukee through Chicago and across the Northeast. JetBlue's
advisory extends from Pittsburgh to Washington and up to Boston.
and cancellations as a result of slowed traffic in and out of our
Eastern cities are likely," said Tamara Young, a JetBlue spokeswoman.
"So we want to make sure our customers have options available to them."
snowstorm will reach across 20 states with more than 120 million people
during Thursday as it moves from the Midwest to the central
Appalachians and New England on Friday, according to the AccuWeather.com
The storm is projected to bring 6- to 12-inch snowfall
beginning in northern Pennsylvania and upstate New York to a large part
of New Jersey and New England. Between 12 and 18 inches of snow will
fall in localized areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Blizzard conditions with strong winds and low visibility are expected from New York City to Boston, according to AccuWeather.
the three airports in the New York City area are important hubs for
airlines, flight cancellations and delays could ripple across the
Contributing: The Associated Press.
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY