Christmas travel: 6,245 flight delays Friday (and growing)

Fashion icon Diane von Furstenburg transformed this luxurious resort into an immersive Christmas experience. When you walk in, the midnight blue skylight highlights twinkling lights and constellations on the ceiling, and at the centerpiece of the lobby's decor is her masterpiece: the "Tree of Love." It's decorated with over 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves, glass sphere ornaments and 150 hand-blown glass hearts. The tree also features six different animals in its branches, and zodiac signs fully emcompass the tree as a tribute to the universe. Von Furstenburg also wove in important, symbolic words, such as Peace, Harmony, Truth, Freedom, Enlightenment and Wisdom, that have long been her mantra, within "The Tree of Love."
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows a plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. AFP PHOTO / BERNARD MERIC (Photo credit should read BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Slide 1 of 40: A mobile lounge controller directs the unique busses around Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018. The position is likely the only such in the U.S.
Slide 2 of 40: A friendly robot asks for feedback outside of a sports-themed restaurant at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 3 of 40: Passengers queue to board an Air India flight to Delhi at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 4 of 40: Slips of paper note details on incoming international flights at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018. Each will need mobile lounges to take the passengers to immigration control.
Slide 5 of 40: Doors slide shut at the Turkish Airlines lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 6 of 40: A particularly warn stretch of ramp lists numerous aircraft types at a parking stop at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 7 of 40: Passengers mill about Terminal B in Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 8 of 40: Duty Manager Brad Weems, working in operations, takes a phone call during an afternoon shift at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 9 of 40: An Emirates Airbus A380 taxies out for departure past the FAA tower at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 10 of 40: An Emirates Airbus A380 taxies out to Runway 30 at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 11 of 40: A ramp worker opens up the front cargo door on an All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-300 after it arrived from Tokyo to Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 12 of 40: A Korean Air Boeing 777-300 lands at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018 as an Emirates A380 waits to depart for Dubai.
Slide 13 of 40: A passengers checks on a connecting flight at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 14 of 40: United Airlines jets are readied for their next flight at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 15 of 40: Airport operations escorts the massive Airbus A380 as it taxies out for departure at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018. The jet's wingspan is so large it can reach past the taxiway, presenting a risk of damaging equipment.
Slide 16 of 40: Hector Murcia spray paints aircraft names onto the parking locations on a terminal A ramp at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 17 of 40: Clad in a Star Alliance scheme, an Air India Boeing 777-300 sets out for New Delhi, India, at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 18 of 40: Fire trucks await a call they hope never comes at a remote station at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 19 of 40: Planes line up at their gates at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 20 of 40: Two AeroTrain cars await work at a maintenance facility at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 21 of 40: Tails representing a wide variety of international airlines line the terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 22 of 40: Bags take a ride down a conveyor belt after arriving on a Porter Bombardier Q400 from Toronto at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 23 of 40: Tails representing a wide variety of international airlines line a terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 24 of 40: An Air France A380 dwarfs the nearby porter Q400 turboprop at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 25 of 40: A Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A330 boards for its flight back to Europe at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 26 of 40: United Airlines logo is seen at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 27 of 40: United Airlines' tails at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 28 of 40: United Airlines' tails at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 29 of 40: An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767 taxies out for departure as a United Express CRJ takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 30 of 40: The unique font of Washington's Dulles International Airport frames a ticket agent processing passengers early in the morning on June 29, 2018.
Slide 31 of 40: United Airlines' tails at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 32 of 40: Aircraft line up for the evening departures bank at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 33 of 40: An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767 departs for Europe at Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 34 of 40: A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 35 of 40: The unique architecture of Washington DC's Dulles International Airport, seen on June 29, 2018.
Slide 36 of 40: A business jet taxies out for departure as a United Airlines Boeing 777 heads off into the evening from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 37 of 40: A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 38 of 40: United Airlines jets queue in line to depart Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 39 of 40: A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.
Slide 40 of 40: A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport on June 29, 2018.

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Last update: 6:30 p.m. ET. Next update: By 9 p.m. ET

Holiday travelers faced more flight delays in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic on Friday, the busiest air-travel day of the Christmas period.

The disruption comes as a sprawling storm moved north along the East Coast. The system brought a mix of heavy rain, strong winds and poor visibility to airports from Florida to New England from Thursday into Friday.

The weather hasn’t been severe enough for force widespread cancellations like a snowstorm might, but it has resulted in thousands of delays at dozens of major airports.

 Nationwide, about 330 flights had been canceled Friday and another 6,245 delayed as of 4:25 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The delay count rose throughout the day as poor weather affected airports near New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston.

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Two big airlines – United and JetBlue – were waiving rebooking fees for some customers flying through New  York City-area airports.

United, which operates one of its busiest hubs at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty airport, is waiving rebooking fees for Friday flyers scheduled to fly through four airports in the region (Newark, New York JFK, New York LaGuardia, and White Plains/Westchester, New  York).

JetBlue’s waiver was similar, including those four airports plus Newburgh, New York – an alternate New York City airport about 60 miles north of Manhattan.

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No other big carriers were waiving change fees as of 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

The culprit for the disruptions in the region where winds, heavy rain and reduced visibility associated with the northward-moving storm. Problems could linger into Saturday for airports near New York City and Boston as strong winds were forecast to follow in the wake of the storm.

Friday’s issues follow similar problems Thursday, when more than 8,080 flights were delayed nationwide. While the storm in the East caused many of those, foggy weather in San Francisco and windy weather in Seattle also created significant flight back-ups. Only about 260 flights were canceled in the U.S. on Thursday.. 

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