US airlines canceled thousands of flights ahead of Tuesday's blizzard in the northeastern United States, but the weaker-than-forecast storm left some passengers complaining the preemptive strategy was too drastic.
"Due to the potential impact of winter storm Stella on flight operations at U.S. east coast airports, several Emirates flights scheduled to operate on March 14 have been delayed or cancelled", said a spokeswoman for Emirates.
According to the group, Southwest has already canceled more than 300 flights on Monday and 900 scheduled for Tuesday. Even flights into Washington Reagan National were delayed or cancelled.
At Syracuse Hancock International Airport, 27 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled Monday evening, according to the airport's website. The Democrat also directed non-essential state employees to stay home from work.
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Forecasters expect the blizzard conditions to last through tonight and say some areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY could see up to 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
With so much heavy snow in the forecast airlines are canceling flights. "I called my mother to ask her what the weather conditions were and she said it's bad".
Outbound flights at Indianapolis International Airport that were headed to Baltimore, Washington, New York, and Boston were all canceled as of 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. "We are advising travelers to check with their airline for flight status", JWA airline spokesperson Deanne Thompson said.
Travelers should note that most airlines require changes to be made prior to the originally scheduled departure time-but that the regulations vary wildly between airlines.
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With 1,029 cancelled flights, both ingoing and outgoing, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey took the largest hit.
More than 2,800 flights are either canceled or delayed at airports across the USA, but we've seen just two so far at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Southwest Airlines does not charge change fees regularly but has advised passengers flying now through Wednesday of possible cancellations and delays.
The airline said all change fees and applicable fare differences will be waived provided that original flights were ticketed on or before Sunday.
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