Three of the nation’s biggest airlines canceled all flights scheduled for Tuesday at three major New York City-area airports as carriers grounded more than 5,570 trips ahead of a winter storm that threatened to batter the Northeast.
The New York area was under a blizzard warning with up to 20 inches of snow expected and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. The storm was affecting service at 40 airports, American said, also including Washington-Reagan and Chicago.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines Group canceled all operations Tuesday at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International, aiming to resume normal service Wednesday morning. United Continental Holdings and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines grounded flights scheduled for Tuesday at LaGuardia and Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey.
American and United said they would suspend Boston flights Tuesday morning, while Southwest said it would stop flights for the day there and at Philadelphia. Southwest, which has grounded more than 1,330 flights Monday through Wednesday, said it would suspend service at Washington Dulles and Reagan airports Tuesday, while United planned to shutter Washington-area and Philadelphia airports Monday night through 2 p.m. Tuesday. American planned to cancel flights before 8 a.m. Tuesday at Reagan and then resume operations.
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Flights also were suspended or trimmed at airports in smaller cities.
Delta Air Lines and its regional carriers canceled 130 flights Monday and another 800 trips on Tuesday. The airline said it expected to resume operations with a reduced schedule Tuesday night.
Amtrak planned no service Tuesday on the Acela Express between New York City and Boston and was going to limit service between New York and Washington, according to a statement on its website.