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Flight cancellations at 1,600 and counting from new storm

Flight cancellations at 1,600 and counting from new storm

Airlines had canceled nearly 1,300 flights nationwide for Monday as of 12:05 p.m. ET and another 315 already for Tuesday as winter weather continues to bedevil air travel. Monday’s cancellations were scattered across airports from New England to the Deep South as lingering disruptions from the weekend’s blizzard begin mixing with the latest winter storm to move east.635584820027090506-AP-Winter-Weather-Flights-002

Conditions were deteriorating at many southern airports as wintry precipitation took its toll on flight schedules. More than 250 flights had been canceled in Charlotte as of 12:05 p.m. ET. And in Nashville, Southwest suspended its entire daily schedule there amid icy conditions. More than 260 flights had been canceled so far in Nashville, accounting for about 75% of all of Monday’s flights, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. And airlines waived change fees yet again for customers ticketed to fly through airports hit by poor weather. The policies vary by airline, but generally allow customers to make one change – with some restrictions – without paying the standard change fee.

In addition to Charlotte and Nashville, other the airports seeing problems Monday morning included Boston Logan, Memphis, Louisville, Ky., and Little Rock, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. In Boston, hit by a blizzard over the weekend, about 60 flights had been canceled as the airport begins to restart operations now that the snow is over. More than 500 flights were canceled there Sunday, grounding the bulk of the airport’s schedule for the day. Lingering cancellations were being reported at other airports still digging out from the snow, including Providence; Manchester, N.H.; Long Island/MacArthur, N.Y.; and Portland, Maine.

In the South, the problems for air travelers were just beginning as a mix of ice, sleet and snow moves through the region. Problems were expected later Monday in the mid-Atlantic, including at the busy airports serving Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Up to 8 inches were possible by Tuesday morning in the Washington area and up to six inches in Philadelphia. New York City and its delay-prone airports could see up to three inches of snow overnight into Tuesday morning, possibly creating problems there as well. Monday cancellations were already tracking upward at all of those airports as of 12:05 p.m. ET.

And already for Tuesday, more than 100 flights had been preemptively canceled at Charlotte about 60 at Newark. Washington Reagan National, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and Richmond, Va., were among other airports where airports had already canceled at least two dozen cancellations for Tuesday.