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Thousands of flights cancelled this weekend due to incoming winter storms

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  • The East Coast is bracing for severe winter weather this weekend.
  • The winter weather advisories have caused multiple airlines to preemptively cancel flights for Saturday, Jan. 29.
  • Upwards of 2,000 flights have already been cancelled for Saturday, mostly impacting major East Coast airports.

As large portions of the East Coast are bracing for a powerful winter storm, airlines are cancelling thousands of flights in preparation for treacherous weather conditions. 

According to FlightAware, 3,049 flights have been cancelled for Saturday with airliners JetBlue, Republic and American Airlines having the largest percentage of cancelled flights. The cancellations are mostly impacting airports along the East Coast, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International airport, Boston’s Boston Logan International airport, and Newark Liberty International airport. 

JetBlue cancelled 50 percent of its flights scheduled for Saturday, accounting for 418 flights. Republic Airways, a regional airliner for multiple larger airlines, has cancelled 59 percent of its scheduled flights for Saturday. 

American Airlines warned passengers on Friday of flight disruptions due to winter weather on the East Coast, issuing a travel alert for airports in 16 different states and Washington, D.C.  


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Delta Airlines issued a similar travel advisory as did JetBlue, which is waiving any change or cancellation fees and fare differences for customers traveling from Friday through Saturday from a long list of East Coast cities. 

The cancellations come as a powerful winter storm is expected to bring high winds and many inches of snow in major cities across the East Coast. Winter weather alerts are live from South Carolina through New England, with Virginia and Maine issuing blizzard warnings.  

The cold front is expected to begin Friday with the brunt of heavy snow and wind arriving on Saturday in New York and Boston. New York could see as much as a foot of snow, while southeast Massachusetts could see as much as two to three feet. 


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