1,400+ flights canceled Monday as airlines issue waivers due to mid-Atlantic snowstorm

Airlines have issued travel waivers for Monday and Tuesday after snow blanketed the mid-Atlantic from Washington, D.C. to New York. More is expected to fall Monday.

Almost 80 million people were under winter storm warnings, watches and advisories. Major Eastern cities including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City were bracing for the biggest snowfall of the season, Accuweather warned. 

Blizzard conditions with up to 2 feet of snow were possible for some areas.

The National Weather Service also forecast that winds could gust between 35 to 50 mph, reducing visibility with drifting snow and leading to danger of falling tree branches and power lines.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency, shutting down all transit hubs and six vaccine megasites for Monday.

Airlines issue waivers and proactively cancel flights so they don’t strand passengers and planes. The destinations covered, travel dates and other fine print vary by airline and are likely to change with the storms’ projected path and severity. 

Most major airlines, including Delta, American, Southwest and United, have issued waivers through Tuesday, though the travel period depends on the city.

According to FlightAware, at least 1,422 flights have been canceled for Monday with about another 260 scrubbed for Tuesday.

American Airlines

Travel dates covered:  Feb. 1-2

Destinations covered: 28, including all Washington and New York metro area airports, as well as cities as far north as Portland, Maine and as far inland as Pittsburgh.

More details:  https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp

Delta Air Lines

Travel dates covered:  Feb. 1-2

Destinations covered: 15, from Washington Dulles International up to New York JFK.

More details:  https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/weather-alerts/midwest-winter-weather

JetBlue Airways

Travel dates covered:  Feb. 1-2

Destinations covered: JetBlue has issued two waivers: the first covering the New York and Boston areas through Tuesday and the second covering Washington Reagan and Richmond, Virginia, through Monday.

More details:  https://www.jetblue.com/travel-alerts

Southwest Airlines

Travel dates covered:  Feb. 1-2

Destinations covered: Baltimore and Washington airports are covered through Monday; Philadelphia and New York are covered through Tuesday. 

More details:  https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_20210291611970414825.html

United Airlines

Travel dates covered:  Feb. 1-2

Destinations covered: United has issued three separate waivers. The first, covering airports from Des Moines to Detroit, covers travel through Monday. The second, covers airports in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania through Monday. The third covers airports in the following cities through Tuesday: New York; Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine.

More details:  https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html#northamerica-waivers

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