Snow Storms Cause Over 3,000 Flight Cancellations

Snow Delays Thousands Of Flights Travelers faced more flight woes on Monday as a winter storm wreaked havoc on flights across the Midwest. The wintry weather compounded problems that...

Snow Delays Thousands Of Flights

Travelers faced more flight woes on Monday as a winter storm wreaked havoc on flights across the Midwest.

The wintry weather compounded problems that began for air travelers on Sunday, when more than 1,285 flights were canceled across the USA. Major airlines were waiving rebooking fees at a number of airports across the region.

On Monday, more than 2,800 flights had been canceled nationwide and another 7,071 delayed as of 11:45 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com.

Most of those came in the Midwest, where wintry weather that began Sunday continued to affect major hubs in the region.

In Chicago, more than 1,300 combined arrivals and departures had been grounded Monday at the city’s busy O’Hare airport. That cancellation tally accounted for about a third of all the day’s flights at O’Hare, a major connecting hub for both American and United.

Monday’s added to the misery of flyers who were stranded there on the busy post-Thanksgiving Sunday, when another 800 cancellations were counted at the USA’s third-busiest airport.

It all came as millions of air travelers were trying to make their way home on Sunday, the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday period.

But it wasn’t just O’Hare where travelers ran into problems.

Across town at Chicago’s Midway Airport, 63 combined arrivals and departures and been scrubbed on Monday. That followed the cancellation of about 120 flights there on Sunday.

Several cities in the Northeast also were suffering from high delay counts Monday as cloudy, windy conditions affected flights there. At New York LaGuardia, about a third of the day’s flights were behind schedule.

At Newark Liberty and Boston, about one out of every four flights were late. Other airports seeing numerous delays included Washington Reagan National, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

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