JetBlue had already canceled most of its flights out of NY airports on Tuesday and also announced it was waiving change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling from 21 airports across the Midwest and Northeast. On a normal Monday Philadelphia International Airport is busy. Delays were already stretching into Wednesday as airlines preemptively canceled flights in anticipation of crippling weather conditions across much of the East.
According to FlightAware.com, airlines have cancelled more than 1,500 flights today with another 5,000 or so flights cancelled for Tuesday as a preemptive measure. American handles almost 80 percent of all flights arriving and departing PHL.
Trans State Airlines Flight 3342 from St. Louis, scheduled to land at 10:50 a.m. Two departures were canceled and 11 were delayed. As early as Friday many major airlines began reaching out to customers.
Looks like we'll be buried by 6 p.m. on Tues. We're expecting to hear more from airlines on their decisions about what they're going to do on Tuesday, including more cancellations. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., one flight to NY, two to Baltimore-Washington International and two to Washington, D.C., had been scrubbed.
American Airlines: Customers flying into or out of affected airports in a specific date range can change their trips to travel either by March 15 or March 17 (depending on airport) without incurring change fees. "However, extensive blowing and drifting snow will also occur as far west as western Maryland and eastern West Virginia", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski told USA Today on Monday.
Winter is hitting the upper Midwest on Monday. "Snow amounts 5-12 inches or more and strong winds may create blizzard conditions in places, hard travel, and power outages". Snow will begin Tuesday morning with the heaviest snow and most significant impacts expected Tuesday night.