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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Flying? Check with your airline.

By Wire and Staff Reports

bwiairport.jpgSnow teams on duty at BWI. (BWI Photo)

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[This post has been updated]

7:40 a.m. Update: Most airports in the Northeast have reopened. Teterboro and Long Island Islip both remain closed but are scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the FAA.

6:35 p.m. Update: JFK International has reopened.

5:34 p.m. Update: John F. Kennedy International and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International airports will open at 6 p.m. for departures only, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates them.

4:11 p.m. Update: The FAA reports that LaGuardia has opened. However, a normal schedule is not expected to resume until Tuesday. Most arrivals and departures are still listed as canceled.

Airlines that service LaGuardia

3:38 p.m. Update: Delta updated its blog with a Q&A on rebooking. The post said some customers have had problems with using delta.com and with reaching agents on the telephone. Delta said "volume is stabilizing" and said customers can also use Twitter by reaching out to @deltaassist and provided a link for rebooking.

Check with your airline to see if your travel plans may be affected and what rules are in place if you do need to change your flight.

Airlines serving BWI
Airlines serving Dulles
Airlines serving Reagan National

Flight waiver information
AirTran Airways
American Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines
JetBlue
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
Virgin America


2:50 p.m. Update: Philadelphia and Dulles are still seeing significant delays. LaGuardia reports that one of its two main runways may reopen by 4 p.m.

1:50 p.m. Update: Some arriving flights at Dulles are being delayed 65 minutes due to wind. Wind is causing delays of almost four hours in Philadelphia, according to the FAA.

12:50 p.m. Update: Southwest Airlines says it is now operating its scheduled service to and from BWI and Dulles airports.

Here's the airline policy on rebooking:

Customers holding reservations to/from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) on 1pm ET Saturday, December 25 thru the close of business Monday, December 27, wanting to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge. Additionally, Customers holding reservations for a flight that is cancelled to/from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) may request a refund for an unused ticket/travel itinerary. Customers who purchased their itinerary via southwest.com are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online. All other ticketed Customers should call our toll-free number 1 (800) 435-9792 for assistance.
Customers holding reservations to/from Washington Dulles (IAD) on 1pm ET Saturday, December 25 thru the close of business Monday, December 27, wanting to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge. Additionally, Customers holding reservations for a flight that is cancelled to/from Washington Dulles (IAD) may request a refund for an unused ticket/travel itinerary. Customers who purchased their itinerary via southwest.com are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online. All other ticketed Customers should call our toll-free number 1 (800) 435-9792 for assistance.

12:15 p.m. Update: JFK is now scheduled to reopen at 6 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Update: FAA estimates for the reopening of the New York area's major airports is now listed as unknown.

11 a.m. Update: So if you're not headed to Boston or New York or Atlanta, you may be wondering why your flight is canceled, especially if the destination was a sunny one (for example several Southwest flights to Orlando were canceled today). BWI spokesman Jonathan O. Dean tells The Baltimore's Sun's Michael Dresser that Southwest essentially suspended operations at BWI and kept its jets in other cities out of concern that they might be snowed in. Airlines will typically fly their jets to other airports in advance of anticipated snowstorms. One of the factors that affected airline service during Washington's snowstorms last winter was that airlines had to return their planes to the area's three major airports once the weather cleared.

Check with your airline to see if your travel plans may be affected and what rules are in place if you do need to change your flight.

Airlines serving BWI
Airlines serving Dulles
Airlines serving Reagan National

Flight waiver information
AirTran Airways
American Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta Airlines
JetBlue
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
Virgin America


10:55 a.m. Update: The major winter storm that has shut down airports in New York and New England could leave passengers stranded for days.

Hundreds of people were stuck Monday morning at New York City-area airports. P

Delta Air Lines says it canceled 700 flights for Monday. The world's second-largest airline company hopes to resume normal operations by early Tuesday.

Once the airports reopen, passengers will have a hard time finding open seats on later flights. Seats are already scarce because of the busy holiday season. And airlines are operating fewer flights than they did before the recession.

Boston's Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella says airlines are saying rebooking could drag into Friday.

10:24 a.m. Update: Some arriving flights into Philadelphia International Airport are being delay more than two and a half hours.

10:20 a.m. Update: Teterboro has reopened, according to the FAA.

9:15 a.m. Update: Are you dreading too much togetherness this holiday season? Do you have relatives or friends who are stuck in town because of the snowstorms? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to transportation@washpost.com.

8:52 a.m. Update: The Post's Michelle Boorstein reports that roads around Reagan National have sparse traffic and lines inside at the ticket counters are short. Transactions seem to be taking awhile, though.

8:30 a.m. Update: Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports are now all scheduled to reopen at 4 p.m. Teterboro is also closed.

7:50 a.m. Update: Washington's three major airports are open with normal operations. However, the arrivals and departures boards are filled with cancellations. If you're flying or waiting on a loved one to come home from the holiday, check with the airline for flight status. Cancellations have affected flights across the country, not just in the Northeast.

Officials recommend that you try rebooking online or by phone before you head to the airport. Also be aware that airlines are experiencing heavy volume call and Web traffic as they try to unravel the travel problems caused by the snowstorm.

6:05 a.m. Update: LaGuardia is now expected to reopen at 2 p.m., according to the FAA. JFK is expected to reopen at 4 p.m. Please be aware that several smaller airports throughout the Northeast are also closed.

4:35 a.m. Update: LaGuardia Airport is closed. The FAA says it is expected to reopen by noon. However, blizzard conditions remain in some areas of the Northeast, such as Boston, where Logan International Airport is officially listed as open, but nothing is flying in the weather there. It may take days for air travel on the East Coast to recover.


10:20 p.m. Update:
According to the FAA, the Newark airport is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m.

8:46 p.m. Update: New York and New Jersey agencies are reporting that Newark Liberty International Airport is closed.

8:36 p.m. Update: The Federal Aviation Administration reports that JFK International Airport is closed until 5 a.m.

6:30 p.m. Update: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority warns that many flights are canceled for Monday and urges travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

Airlines say travelers should expect extremely high call volumes due to the number of people whose travel plans have been affected by the snowstorm.

One factor that my affect when flights can resume is how aircraft are positioned. Airlines will fly planes to other destinations when heavy snowfalls are anticipated to avoid having them snowed in and to facilitate airport snow removal.
4:47 p.m. Update: According to the FAA there have been minimal delays at many airports simply because the airlines chose to cancel many flights instead of trying to operate normal schedules.

Delta canceled about 850 flights, roughly one-sixth of its schedule, while American and JetBlue Airways Corp each canceled about 265 flights, airline representatives said.

Most of American's cancellations were for flights after mid-afternoon Sunday, and the airline said it hoped to be up and running again by mid-morning on Monday.

JetBlue normally schedules some 750 flights daily in the northeast. A spokeswoman said passengers ticketed for flights through Tuesday would be allowed to rebook anytime through Jan. 14 without penalties.

A spokesman for United Airlines said it had 110 cancellations from its systemwide daily schedule of more than 3,000 flights, and Continental canceled 265 as of mid-morning on Sunday. Continental's cancellations chiefly affected its Newark, New Jersey hub operations.

4:34 p.m. Update: There is a ground stop in effect in Philadelphia.

4 p.m. Update: There is a ground stop in effect at JFK International.

2:46 p.m. Update: The Federal Aviation Administration reports that weather delays are beginning to affect service at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Original post: Travelers heading to or departing from airports in the Washington region are being urged to check with their airline to see if winter weather will affect their flights. Most airlines were issuing travel waivers for locations affected by adverse weather, including the East Coast, Atlanta and Europe.

The National Weather Service warned that the Washington area could see more than five inches of snow Sunday, with even more snow and blizzard conditions for parts of the Northeast. Airlines are expecting major disruptions in service, especially for flights originating or connecting at airports such as those in the New York area, where more than a foot of snow may fall and windy weather may produce whiteout conditions.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton urged travelers to monitor their flights online.

The airports have snow removal crews standing by, but some arriving and departing flights at all three of Washington's three major airports have already been canceled. Travelers should also expect delays along the East Coast, which will reverberate through the nation's air travel system.

Airlines grounded hundreds of flights Sunday along the Northeast corridor in anticipation of the storm, affecting major airports including New York's JFK and Newark. Airlines said more cancellations were likely as the storm progressed. Travel misery began a day earlier in parts of the South, where a rare white Christmas came with reports of dozens of car crashes.

New York City-area airports have canceled close to 1,000 flights. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that number is expected to rise.

AirTran and Southwest Airlines also canceled flights, mostly in or out of Washington Dulles, Baltimore and Newark.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Kent Landers said the airline canceled about 850 mainline and regional flights systemwide Sunday because of the weather. He said that represents about a sixth of the daily total.

"Most cancellations are concentrated from the Carolinas through New York," he said.
Mary Sanderson at American Airlines said flights through Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia would likely be canceled after 2 or 3 p.m. Sunday, with and late starts expected Monday morning.

Most carriers were waiving fees for one-time changes in affected areas and urging passengers to make changes through their Web sites.

By Wire and Staff Reports  | December 27, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Comments

Doc, is PHL shut down completely? US Air website is still showing some flights as taking off, is this not correctly updated?

Posted by: jeffsbaldwin | December 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Doc, is PHL shut down completely? US Air website is still showing some flights as taking off, is this not correctly updated?

Posted by: jeffsbaldwin | December 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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