Airlines will try to get schedules back on track Thursday after what will likely go down as one of the worst air-travel days of the year.
Nationwide, more than 600 flights had been canceled as of 7:40 a.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. That represented a significant disruption for flights in the Northeast, but it was a dramatic improvement from Wednesday, when more than 4,400 flights were canceled in the U.S. and another 3,880 delayed.
The day was the worst for air travel so far in 2018, with Wednesday’s cancellation tally exceeding the peak-day counts seen during the “bomb cyclone” in January and during the three previous March nor’easters.
Since Tuesday, more than 5,800 flights have been canceled across the nation, with most of those tied to this week’s storm — the fourth to hit the East Coast in three weeks.
Now, with the worst of the weather finally expected to pull away from New England on Thursday morning, U.S. carriers are set to shift into recovery mode at airports from Virginia to Maine.
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“Airlines are finalizing their recovery plans … as they work to recoup their schedules,” FlightAware spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a Thursday morning statement.
But, she warned that flights might see uneven results during the post-storm flight ramp-up.
“More snow is expected this morning and it’s likely we’ll see delays as a result of strained de-icing capacity,” she said.
American Airlines, the world’s biggest carrier, echoed that sentiment.
“Operations are resuming at airports that were previously impacted by the storm, with scattered delays and cancellations this morning,” the airline said in a Thursday morning storm update. “We encourage our customers to check aa.com before arriving at the airport.”
Overall, however, signs pointed to a better day for air travel on Thursday.
“All-in-all, today should be much better than yesterday and we’re crossing our fingers that this will be the last winter storm of the season,” Orsi added, likely echoing the thoughts of air travelers everywhere.
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