Airlines Cancel Flights, Issue Waivers, Ahead of Major Northeast Storm

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 August 2014
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Washington's Reagan National Airport

Washington’s Reagan National Airport

A late summer storm is expected to move in on the northeast United States Tuesday night, bringing with it potential multiple inches of rain in some places, as well as numerous flight delays and cancellations.

Several airlines have already issued travel waivers, including Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, for passengers traveling to, from, or through various airports on the east coast and in the Northeast.

The storm is likely to bring around one and a half inches of rain to cities such as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on Tuesday night, while more northern cities, including New York, could see as much as two inches of precipitation by the end of the day.  New York could see an additional inch of rain on Wednesday, while cities further up the coast, such as Boston and Portland, Maine, can expect rainfall totals to be as much as two inches during the day and into the night on Wednesday.

As of 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, over 260 flights had been cancelled in the United States, with a further 2,727 delayed according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.  New York-area airports have seen the biggest impact so far, with LaGuardia having 60 flights cancelled and 129 delayed, John F. Kennedy International Airport having 19 delays and 148 delays, and Newark Liberty seeing 53 flights cancelled and 217 delayed.  The inclement weather is the first that New York has seen since July 15, which until this point, was the last recorded day of rain in the city (not including the morning of August 2, when it drizzled slightly).

Meanwhile, in the Washington, D.C. area, Reagan National has seen 15 flights into and out of the airport cancelled, with 110 delays, while Washington Dulles International has already cancelled 12 flights and delayed a further 119.  Further north in Baltimore, there have been four flights cancelled, and 96 flights delayed at Baltimore-Washington International.

Few flights have been cancelled or delayed for Wednesday, although that number could easily rise in the next 24 hours.

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