Airlines cancel over 2,700 flights as winter storm hits US east coast

Published January 17, 2022
United Airlines planes are parked at their gates at O'Hare International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in Chicago, Illinois, US. — Reuters
United Airlines planes are parked at their gates at O'Hare International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in Chicago, Illinois, US. — Reuters

WASHINGTON: Airlines canceled over 2,700 US flights on Sunday as a winter storm combining high winds and ice was poised to hit the US East Coast over the holiday weekend.

The flights canceled by 12:30pm ET on Sunday included over 2,700 entering, departing from or within the United States, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.com. Over 1,500 flights were delayed, the data showed.

American Airlines Group Inc had over 600 flight cancellations. Almost 95pc of the flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, an American Airlines hub, were canceled, the FlightAware website showed.

American Airlines is allowing customers affected by the weather to rebook flights without a fee.

Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2022

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