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Thousands of flights canceled as Northeast prepares for massive snowstorm

Posted at 6:50 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 06:50:28-04

NEW YORK — Ahead of Tuesday’s Nor’easter, set to dump up to 2 feet of snow across several Northeast states, thousand of flights have been canceled.

U.S. airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights Monday and Tuesday ahead of the late-winter storm.

Southwest Airlines, which carries more domestic passengers than any other airline, doesn’t expect to operate any flights Tuesday at 14 airports stretching from Washington to Portland, Maine.

According to the airline-tracking website FlightAware, more than 5,000 flights Tuesday were canceled. That’s a day after the website stated more than 1,500 flights on Monday and more than 4,600 on Tuesday were canceled.

Chicago saw the largest share of Monday’s cancellations, while Tuesday’s disruptions are hitting hardest in the East, from Washington to Boston and the New York City area.

The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200 for customers who want to change their travel plans. Restrictions vary by airline.

Southwest canceled more than 300 flights for Monday and nearly another 900 scheduled for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

American Airlines and its American Eagle contractor Envoy Air together had canceled more than 300 flights Monday and 700 on Tuesday.

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