Winter storm causes thousands of US flight cancellations

2014-01-03 10:01
Cars follow the tracks of cars in front and keep one lane open on a main road near Newcastle, northern England, after overnight snow and freezing temperatures covered the region. (Owen Humphreys, PA/ AP)

Cars follow the tracks of cars in front and keep one lane open on a main road near Newcastle, northern England, after overnight snow and freezing temperatures covered the region. (Owen Humphreys, PA/ AP)

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Chicago - The winter storm bearing down on the Midwest and Northeast is causing delays and cancellations at some of the US's busiest airports. As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 2 000 flights have been grounded because of the weather.

Smarter Travel reports data from FlightAware shows more than 5 00 flights have been delayed and more than 1 831 were canceled, the bulk of them arriving at or departing from airports in the Midwest and Northeast. Chicago O'Hare, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, Cleveland-Hopkins, and Philadelphia International are seeing the more significant flight-schedule disruptions.
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Travelers have been advised to prepare for further delays and cancellations at airports throughout the weekend as the after effects of the flight groundings and cancellations will have a knock-on effect, even after the storm has passed.

Passengers affected should contact their specific airlines to make use of the change-fee waivers being offered - which allows for itinerary adjustments without penalty. With most of the airlines, the waivers are available for those traveling January 1 through 3. 

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