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Winter storm set to rumble air travel in the northeast

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Winter storm set to rumble air travel in the northeast

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Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights ahead of a winter storm that forecasters say will bring high winds and the potential for more than a foot of snow to the northeast.

A winter storm warning was in effect Friday from Maryland to Maine, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 1,200 US flights were canceled on Saturday, according to flight tracker FlightAware. New York-based JetBlue Airways, which also has a major operation out of Boston, cut its Saturday schedule by 40%, or nearly 330 flights, more than other carriers. Regional carrier Republic Airways, which operates flights for American, United and Delta, canceled 155 flights, nearly a quarter of Saturday’s schedule.

In recent years, airlines have canceled flights sometimes days before major storms to prevent customers and crews from being stranded.

The carriers said they would waive fare differences for customers affected by the storm. Most airlines had already waived change fees for standard economy class tickets in 2020 when the pandemic repeatedly derailed travelers’ plans.

Airlines cut more than 20,000 US flights between Christmas Eve and the first week of the year, when many more people were traveling, due to a combination of bad weather and a rise in Covid infections among the crews.

Winter storm set to rumble air travel in the northeast

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