Any plans to travel throughout the United States’ Midwest and northeast regions will probably be facing interruption or even cancellation as over 3,000 flights nationwide have been cancelled ahead of a massive, heavy snowstorm.
Taking a look on FlightAware’s website, cancellation listings portray Monday, March 13 to already consist of around 2,400 delays and over 1,280 cancellations before it even hit 10a.m. It is believed that projections for more cancellations and delays will continuously increase well into Tuesday.
Cities Mostly Affected
Chicago was hit the hardest as 30% of the flights leaving Midway International, as well as 17% of flights heading out of the biggest airport in the region, O’Hare International, have been cancelled already.
Tuesday, March 14, is projected to be harsh for the East Coast as well, particularly for the Washington-Baltimore region. According to FlightAware, around 1,330 flights were cancelled in advance for tomorrow.
Southwest Airlines alone had cancelled over 880 flights for Tuesday, as well as 68% of flights coming out of the Baltimore-Washington Airport (majority Southwest) were also scrapped. Providence and Manchester both reached past the 40% mark for cancellations, and nearly one quarter of Hartford flights were cancelled. Both LaGuardia in New York and D.C.’s Reagan have also headed towards the 20% mark for cancellations on Tuesday, and the numbers continue to rise as the page is refreshed.
Most of the airlines have offered some sort of compensation or fee waiver/free rebook program for flights affected for today and Tuesday: American airlines is offering customers with tickets to or from affected airports to change their dates to March 15 or 17 depending, without fees. United is offering a similar deal, as affected customers can rebook until March 17 without charge as well.
However, this doesn’t quell the stress that passengers nation-wide will have to experience as a result of the storm.