Airlines cancel thousands of flights in the wake of the fourth nor’easter this month

New York’s LaGuardia Airport said that it expects all airlines to “cancel all flights” in the afternoon.


Several major airlines are grounding flights across the Northeast during the region’s fourth winter storm — or technically, the first spring storm — of-the-month.

From 12:15 pm on Wednesday, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported more than 4,700 flights and over 8,100 delays in the United States, many of which could be traced back to the Winter Storm Toby, which is expected to continue to weigh on the Northeast until Thursday.

USA Today reports that at least 320 flights were pre-emptively cancelled for Thursday, as well.


New York’s main airports ‒ LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty ‒ were among the most heavily affected, according to USA Today.

From Wednesday at 9 a.m., in the City of New York, LaGuardia Airport announced that 850 flights out of LGA were cancelled. An hour and a half later, the airport added that it expects the airlines to “cancel all flights” from the LGA at noon. The city’s JFK Airport, added that it is already canceled 618 flights 10:48 hours, with more cancellations possible.

#LGA expects airlines to cancel all flights after Noon today due to the Nor’easter will affect the region. We recommend clients to check with their airline to confirm their flight for the trip to LGA. Contact your provider for more details about the rebooking of flights cancelled.

— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) March 21, 2018

Nor’easter Update:
-618 cancellations with potentially more later today
-AirTrain #JFK service normal; shuttle buses can be replaced if high snowfall rate (2″-3″ per hour)
-Confirm the flight status with your airline and ONLY go to JFK if the flight is confirmed
-Snow removal/deicing-in-progress

— Kennedy Airport (@JFKairport) March 21, 2018

At 9:30 a.m., Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey announced via Twitter that nearly three-quarters of flights were cancelled, and half of all flights at the nearby Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as of midday Wednesday, adds NBC Philadelphia.

Washington Dulles International Airport Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport also announced cancellation, both confirmed and expected.

Dulles is the acceptance of aircraft for large and small, in the snow ❄❄❄(about 3-4 cm and counting).. and some have cancelled. Check with your airline to determine the status of your flight.

— Dulles (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) March 21, 2018

Snowfall picked up in recent hours. Flights continue to operate, but the widespread airline cancellations expected throughout the day. Travelers should contact their airlines for current flight information BEFORE you get to #BWI. #MDOTnews #MDwx

— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) March 21, 2018


Many of the airports, as well as almost all the major airlines from the region, has issued warnings for customers planning to travel in the coming days, he tells them about the status of their flights on any airlines’ online resources.

Many of the larger airlines, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United are also the issue of waiving of fees, or refunds for travelers who fly from specific Northeast and Mid-Atlantic airports between 20 March and 21 september.

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