Widespread Storm Creates Single Worst Winter Travel Day
By Amy Langfield
wet snow crippled travel options for millions of people Thursday, with
more than 5,800 canceled flights by midmorning making for the worst
single travel day this winter, according to masFlight.
current storm has so far caused about 11,600 cancellations, compared
with 9,700 during last week's weather incident Feb. 2-6, said masFlight,
a data company specializing in airline operations.
"I think this has a bigger effect because it's up and down the coast," said Michael Benjamin, CEO of FlightView, a flight tracking site.
By 11:30 a.m. EST, more than 5,900
flights were canceled and an additional 3,400 were delayed. Airports in
Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Atlanta; New York; Virginia; North
Carolina; and Boston were among the locations with the most
cancellations, according to FlightAware, a tracking service. (See the latest air travel status here.)
think there will be a ripple effect the next couple of days," Benjamin
said. "It's the reaccommodation of passengers that's going to be the
roads and rails were heavily impacted as well. Amtrak announced that it
was reducing service on its Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone
and Empire lines. Plus there were numerous cancellations for its trains
from New York to New Orleans, Miami, Savannah, Ga., and other
Both Greyhound and
MegaBus reported widespread weather-related cancellations in places such
as North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New
York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Canada.
94,400 flights have been canceled this winter, according to masFlight.
"The cancellation rate for this winter-to-date has more than doubled
since winter 2012/13 because of the sequential storms that have hit the
U.S. since December 1," the company said Wednesday.
That translates into about 4.9 million passengers impacted by flight cancellations and 36.4 million by flight delays.
Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:13:27 GMT
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