As another bout of severe winter weather strikes, airports throughout the Northeastern US experience widespread disruption.
Once again, widespread disruptions at airports across North America were brought on by severe winter weather. On March 14, thousands of flights were delayed and more than 1,150 were canceled due to severe weather in the Northeast of the United States.
LaGuardia Airport & Boston Logan International Airport
More than 300 flights were canceled at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), both of which are in New York City.
Moreover, there were over 100 cancellations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and over 150 at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (DCA). Additionally, more than 4,700 planes were delayed in total, making things worse for travelers in the area.
With 289 cancellations and 251 delays, or 26% and 22% of its scheduled flights, respectively, Republic Airlines was the airline most adversely impacted, according to statistics released by FlightAware. With its fleet of Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the regional carrier flies for American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.
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With 22% of its flights canceled and 24% delayed yesterday, Endeavor Air, which only operates on behalf of parent company Delta Air Lines, was not far behind. Understandably, these two carriers experienced the most damage given their extensive presence in the affected area.
21% of Southwest Airlines flights were delayed, while 2% were canceled. These figures represented 119 and because of the massive size of the low-cost carrier’s business, respectively, 866 flights.
Due to the interruption, airlines like American Airlines, United Airlines, and JetBlue have been allowing passengers to reschedule their flights without paying any additional fees. While this was going on, airports all around the area issued travel alerts and suggested that travelers check the status of their flights.
Below is a tweet from Newark Liberty International Airport:
On Tuesday, the Northeastern United States had snowfall rates of up to two inches per hour, which caused power outages, closed schools, and a disruption in major traffic routes. Throughout the region, about 300,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.
An Aircraft A220-100 owned by Delta Air Lines strayed off the taxiway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) as a result of the wintry weather. In response, the carrier at the time said,
“No, an aircraft was not leaving a runway and skidding. Nothing is more significant than the security of our clients and employees, and there have been no injuries recorded.”This winter, weather-related interruption appears to have been a common occurrence across much of North America.
One of the biggest mass disruption occurrences in recent memory occurred earlier this month when heavy winter weather disrupted travel throughout the entire West Coast as well as flights at the busiest travel times for Christmas and New Year’s.
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