November 7, 2012

Nor’easter Spurs Over 1,000 Flight Cancellations

Radar image of Nor'easter on Wednesday morning. (via National Weather Service)

UPDATE 7:30 PM ET: Nearly 1,400 flights were cancelled at the northeast’s largest airports on Wednesday, according to FlightAware data.

Heavy snow fell on most of the region’s airports through much of the afternoon into the evening, coating planes, runways and airport roads. A few flights were seen coming and going, keyword “few”… only about four flights per hour at LGA and JFK.

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Over 1,000 flights to and from northeast airports were cancelled Wednesday as a winter storm approached the northeast’s largest airports.

Newark Liberty International Airport, JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport were among the hardest hit by the cancellations.

The Nor’easter was expected to bring 40-50 mph winds with gusts as high as 70 mph along with snow, sleet and heavy rain.

A storm surge forecast to be as high as 4 feet also had the potential to cause flooding at low lying LaGuardia Airport, which was closed for several days following Hurricane Sandy.

Most airlines issued change and cancellation fee waivers for passengers seeking to change their travel plans.


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