Air travel was working its way back to normal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday after a major snowstorm disrupted traffic to Northeastern cities a day earlier, but about two dozen flights were listed as canceled.
Canceling early also spares travelers unnecessary trips to the airport and gives them more options to rebook than when faced with a last-minute cancellation. More than 8,000 flights across the US have been canceled since Sunday, USA Today reported Tuesday.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport officials said 100 flights were canceled on Tuesday.
"I do believe in some cities this was overly dramatic", Patrick Pryor, a 24-year-old whose flight to Chicago from his home in St. Louis was delayed due to fallout from the storm. Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 1,300 flights across the United States from Monday through Wednesday. The state agency, which runs Logan, said it would work throughout the day to clear snow from runways and would keep the airfield open "unless conditions make snow removal operations unsafe". Airlines have increasingly favored such a move since it allows a quick and orderly restart to operations once the weather improves. About 50 flights at Hancock Airport in Syracuse have been cancelled on Tuesday.
One airline - Southwest - expected to ground almost all of its flights in the Northeast on Tuesday. Barely more than an inch and a half of snow was reported at Reagan National Airport, while the White House reported 2.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Twitter users can also receive automated updates by tweeting their flight number @BDLFlightInfo.
American Airlines: Customers traveling in and out of affected cities can alter their trips to travel March 15 or March 17, depending on the airport, without a change fee.
SFO has experienced a total of 39 inbound delays, although many of those may be unrelated to the storm.