Storm affecting thousands of flights

JetBlue Airways, with major operations in Boston and NY, had already canceled more than 600 flights scheduled for Tuesday, FlightAware said.

Airlines canceled more than 8,000 flights between Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon. To be more specific, FlightAware has been registering no less than 2.400 delays and 1.280 cancellations so far.

"Etihad Airways flights to and from Washington DC and Chicago are not anticipated to be affected and now operate per schedule", the spokesman said. Chicago is a main connection point with many flights in and out of the Springfield airport.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Meteorologists predict a Nor'easter barreling up the East Coast will dump up to 24 inches of snow across the Northeast Megalopolis - the region that runs from Washington and Baltimore through Philadelphia and NY and on up to Boston - beginning Monday night and running into Wednesday. Poor weather could extend into early Wednesday at some New England airports.

Delta said it had cancelled over 900 flights, 800 of those not operating on Tuesday.

"Emirates flights EK203 and EK201 to New York JFK and EK240 and EK238 to Boston were cancelled today due to the snowstorm and passengers are being rebooked on the next available flight", the spokeswoman said.

Spirit: Customers going to affected cities can rebook through March 16 or March 18, depending on the airport.

We'll keep you updated as we get closer to storm day. Airlines have increasingly favored such a move since it allows a quick and orderly restart to operations once the weather improves.

That would leave Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y., as Southwest's only airports in the Northeast expected to have service Tuesday - though Southwest's Buffalo schedule was expected to be limited.

Cancellations were spilling into Wednesday, too.

Southwest alone has already cancelled more than 880 flights for tomorrow, and 68% of all flights out of Baltimore-Washington Airport (many of them Southwest) are already scrapped, too.

The airline says it's making every effort to contact and re-accommodate customers on all cancelled flights.

They can also change their flight without fee if they were scheduled to travel through an affected airport through March 15.

  • Annette Adams