WASHINGTON (TVR) – A midweek Nor’easter is disrupting thousands of flights and travel plans in the most heavily-traveled corridor in the United States, the second time in the young month of March a major storm has walloped the East Coast.
So far, airlines have scrapped more than 3,000 flights for Wednesday and Thursday due to thick, heavy snow of as much as 12 inches in some places and gusty winds, according to FlightAware.
Just like the bombogenesis storm a few days ago, the midweek Nor’easter, nicknamed Quinn, is hitting some of the nation’s busiest airports the hardest.
New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), all have 40% or more of their schedules cancelled.
Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C., are also affected.
Airlines are offering passengers fee-free changes for travel on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Flights Cancelled for Midweek Nor’easter
Airlines have cancelled lots of flights due to Winter Storm Quinn.
Carriers scrapped about 2,700 flights scheduled for Wednesday and more than 400 additional flights cancelled for Thursday to, from, or within the U.S., according to FlightAware.
Nationwide, the storm hit EWR and LGA the hardest, with about 55% of flights at EWR cancelled and 58% at LGA.
Delta said in a statement it has flown in employees from airports outside of the storm zone “to assist with de-icing and customer handling” at airports whose operations are expected to be hard-hit.
Amtrak announced on Twitter that it had suspended some service between Washington, D.C. and Boston due to the midweek Nor’easter.
The passenger railroad had completely cancelled its routes on the Northeast Corridor last Friday in the midst of the first Nor’easter to hit this month.
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Airlines Waive Change Fees for Winter Storm Quinn
Some of the airlines that have issued waivers for Wednesday and/or Thursday include:
Passengers can change their dates of travel with no fee, as long as they resume travel by a certain date.
This story will be updated…
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