Airlines Cancel Flights as Second Storm Threatens Northeast Region
In preparation for the second major storm in little over a week’s time, airlines have been canceling flights to and from the northeast United States. These are in addition to the more than 20,000 cancellations that occurred due to Hurricane Sandy last week.
United Airlines intends to operate most flights before noon on Wednesday, November 7 at JFK and LaGuardia, but beginning at noon, the airline will suspend all service from those airports until noon on November 8. The airline does intend to operate its long-haul international flights from Newark Liberty International Airport during this period, as well as flights to and from its other hubs. Customers affected by the changes may reschedule for travel no later than November 15, without change fees and additional fares.
On November 7, American Airlines will suspend operations in Philadelphia beginning at noon, and at all New York area airports beginning at 3:00 p.m. Service at these locations are expected to start back up on Thursday morning. The airline is offering the option to change flights without penalty and allow travel by November 15, for customers who had tickets that were issued no later than November 6 and were scheduled to travel on November 7 or 8, to, from, or through White Plains, Philadelphia, Newark, LaGuardia, JFK, or Hartford.
Delta Airlines is also offering its customers the ability to make changes to their flights. Those who booked tickets to, from, or through LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, or Philadelphia from November 6 to November 8 may rebook their same route without incurring any fees.
Most other airlines, including JetBlue and US Airways, are cancelling or reducing flights in and out of the region and offering customers the opportunity to change their plans as a result of the northeastern storm, which is delivering high winds and heavy rains, as well as snow in some places.