Northern storm muddles Charlotte flight schedules

02/05/2014 7:52 AM

02/05/2014 11:11 AM

A winter storm that earlier dump snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Midwest is pounding the East Coast and causing plenty of problems for travelers hoping to fly out of Charlotte on Wednesday.

Thousands of flight cancellations are expected over the next two days across the United States, as the winter storm causes headaches for flight operations at many of the nation’s biggest airports.

The good news for travelers in Charlotte is that airports in the Midwest and along the East Coast are still operating late Wednesday morning, although flight delays are commonplace.

There were about 30 canceled departures and arrivals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport between 7 and 9 a.m., but that number was down to about 15 for the period between 10 a.m. and noon. The cancellations largely involved flights into or out of Hartford, Boston, Newark, and New York City’s JFK and LaGuardia airports.

The longest delay, of 3 1/2 hours, was a flight to Charlotte from Tampa – not exactly in the middle of the winter storm. However, there also were delays of more than two hours for a flight from Detroit to Charlotte and delays for flights from Chicago and Pittsburgh to Charlotte.

Travelers appeared to be doing well in Charlotte, though. Social media had several comments Wednesday morning from travelers who described a quiet scene at the airport.

The nation’s major airlines are waiving their flight cancellation policies over the next few days, allowing passengers to rebook flights without paying a fee.

Here are the airports and airlines involved:

US AIRWAYS-AMERICAN

for flights Wednesday

Illinois: Bloomington, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield.

Indiana: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis.

Iowa: Des Moines.

Kansas: Garden City, Manhattan, Wichita.

Kentucky: Lexington, Louisville.

Missouri: Columbia, Kansas City.

Nebraska: Grand Isle.

Ohio: Cincinnati, Toledo.

for flights Wednesday and Thursday

Connecticut: Hartford, New Haven.

Maine: Bangor, Portland.

Massachusetts: Boston.

New Hampshire: Manchester.

New Jersey: Newark.

New York: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Islip, Ithaca, New York-LaGuardia, New York-Kennedy, Newburgh, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, White Plains.

Ohio: Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton.

Pennsylvania: Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, State College, Williamsport.

Rhode Island: Providence.

Vermont: Burlington.

DELTA

District of Columbia: Dulles, National.

Maine: Portland.

Maryland: Baltimore.

Massachusetts: Boston.

New Hampshire: Manchester.

New York: Albany, Buffalo, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Newburgh, Rochester, Syracuse, White Plains.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.

Rhode Island: Providence.

Vermont: Burlington.

UNITED

Colorado: Aspen, Denver, Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail.

District of Columbia: Dulles, National.

Illinois: Chicago-O’Hare.

Indiana: Indianapolis.

Iowa: Des Moines.

Kentucky: Louisville.

Maryland: Baltimore.

Massachusetts: Boston.

Michigan: Detroit, Grand Rapids.

Missouri: Kansas City, St. Louis.

Nebraska: Omaha.

New Jersey: Newark.

New York: New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia.

Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.

Tennessee: Knoxville.

Wisconsin: Madison, Milwaukee.

AIR CANADA

Canada: Halifax (N.S.); London (Ont.); Montreal; Ottawa; Toronto; Windsor (Ont.).

District of Columbia: Dulles.

Maryland: Baltimore.

Massachusetts: Boston.

Missouri: Kansas City.

New Jersey: Newark.

New York: New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia.

Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia.

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