Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Delta cancels more than 900 flights ahead of winter storm

Delta cancels more than 900 flights ahead of winter storm

The majority of the flights from the Blue Grass Airport are heading out on time.

Judy McMurtry, Delta's Station Manager in Philadelphia, arrived at work at 3:45 a.m. "Delta people have been working since early morning - shoveling snow, rerouting bags and being engaged with customers", she said. More than 635 flights were grounded before the end of Monday and more were likely as airlines tried to restart their operations.

American Airlines canceled all its flights from NY city airports, according to media reports, and others were expected to follow suit. Poor weather could extend into early Wednesday at some New England airports.

As of 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday, 948 flights within, into or out of the United States had already been cancelled, and another 629 had been delayed, FlightAware reported.

Inbound flights from New York, Newark, N.J., Boston, Washington and Baltimore, Md., were canceled in the morning, RDU showed.

Dozens of smaller airports in the region could be affected too, with some possibly struggling to remain open if snowfall totals of 12 to 18 inches pile up across the region.

Crews at the airport were working steadily Tuesday to keep the runways clear. Other airlines were considering similar moves.

One airline - Southwest - expected to ground almost all of its flights in the Northeast on Tuesday.

Cancellations were spilling into Wednesday, too.

Passenger traffic at the Tampa airport has been on an upward trajectory for more than five years in a row, and officials anticipate serving 19.5 million passengers this fiscal year, which would set a new record.

"We don't really know at this point how much this will affect the District", Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference with D.C. officials Monday afternoon.

If you're stuck at the airport, travel agents suggest being on the phone with them when your turn comes at the ticket counter. Even Chicago was seeing storm-related cancellations continue for a second consecutive day at both O'Hare and Midway.

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