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Southwest allowing passengers to rebook; American cancels flights

Southwest Airlines said it is allowing customers at six East Coast airports to rebook tickets without penalties, a response to a heavy winter storm headed to the region over the weekend.

The Southwest announcement covers passengers arriving and departing on Saturday and Sunday. The airports include:

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  • Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport (BWI) LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

  • Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP).

A spokesman for American Airlines said the company is cutting departures from Washington airports on Saturday. The airline has scheduled three departures from Dulles, down from six during normal operations. At Reagan National Airport, the airline has five departures scheduled instead of the usual nine. The spokesman said the airline, like Southwest, typically allows passengers to rebook without penalties during major storms. However, a decision to announce such a move had not yet been made Friday afternoon.

-- Sholnn Freeman

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  
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jetBlue is also allowing passengers with flights into or out of the following airports to rebook without a fee:

* Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
* Charlotte, N.C. (CLT)
* Richmond, Va. (RIC)
* Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (RDU)
* Washington/Dulles (IAD)
* New York (JFK)
* New York (LGA)
* Newark (EWR)
* White Plains (HPN)
* Newburgh (SWF)

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