Travel Delays Continue After Blizzard Leaves Its Mark on the East Coast

By Jesse Sokolow on 24 January 2016
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An American Airlines A321T at JFK

An American Airlines A321T at JFK

The snow may have stopped falling but the blizzard that was the first to dump at least 18” of snow in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. left behind travel delays that will continue for several days.

Some 3,700 flights were cancelled on Sunday according to the website, which tracks this data, bringing the three-day total to over 11,000. More than 1,000 flights have already been cancelled on Monday.

Flights were slowly resuming at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday but many airlines had yet to resume their operations there. In New York, all three airports serving the city, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty, had reopened but more than 950 outbound and over 900 inbound flights were cancelled Sunday and the forecast for Monday, while not as bleak, included over 500 cancellations as of 8:30 p.m. local time.

Two of the major airports serving Washington, D.C., Reagan National and Dulles, were not open on Sunday and the third, Baltimore-Washington, had extremely limited service.

Southwest Airlines was the carrier with the most cancellations on Sunday, with 545, followed by United with 466 and American with 417, not including their regional carriers, which also cancelled hundreds of flights.

All three carriers as well as Delta said they were slowly resuming service at the impacted airports.

Meanwhile, on the rails, Amtrak said it expected limited service on its Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. on Monday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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