Winter storm: New York airports play catch-up after region gets more than 15 inches of snow – USA TODAY


More than a foot of snow has fallen on the New York City area but Winter Storm Orlena isn’t done yet. Snow showers are expected to continue throughout Tuesday, hampering local airports’ efforts to catch up. 

Airlines issued waivers ahead of the storm, allowing passengers who had been scheduled to fly in or out of the New York area Monday or Tuesday to rebook flights for later in the week without incurring change fees and avoid getting stranded at the airport. 

The snowfall was heavy enough to prompt LaGuardia Airport, located on the waterfront in Queens, to cancel all flights scheduled for Monday. As of 8 a.m. EST, more than 80 of Tuesday’s flights had been scrubbed and another 21 were delayed. 

The situation was worse further south at JFK International Airport, where 115 flights were canceled and 20 more were delayed. Across the Hudson River, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey had 111 cancellations and 27 delays.

Together, the three New York area airports accounted for nearly half of the 522 canceled flights across the country Tuesday.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio restricted all non-essential travel for Tuesday, urging residents to stay home as transportation crews work to restore service.

Outdoor subway service, which was was canceled Monday afternoon, was scheduled to resume  at 5 a.m, Tuesday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Commuter rail service on the Staten Island and Long Island Railroad is back up, though the latter is running on a weekend schedule, Metro North, which serves residents north of Manhattan, was due to resume service by 4 a.m.

Buses are also operating on reduced schedules and pedestrian walkways on several bridges remain closed as crews work to clear snow.

Here’s a look at the remaining active airline waivers. The destinations covered, travel dates and other fine print vary by airline and are likely to change with the storms’ projected path and severity. 

American Airlines

Destinations covered: 28 cities are covered through Tuesday, including all Washington and New York metro area airports, as well as cities as far north as Portland, Maine and as far inland as Pittsburgh.

Delta Air Lines

Destinations covered: 15 destinations are covered through Tuesday, from Washington Dulles International up to New York JFK.

JetBlue Airways

Destinations covered: The New York and Boston areas are covered through Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines

Destinations covered: The following cities are covered through Tuesday: Albany, New York; Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; Manchester, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; and Providence, Rhode Island.

United Airlines

Destinations covered: The following cities are covered through Tuesday: New York; Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine.

 Contributing: Doyle Rice and Ryan Miller


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