As winter tightens its grip on various regions, the massive winter storm has left a significant mark on travel plans, resulting in the cancellation of over 1,800 flights in the United States.
This winter storm has not only disrupted travel operations across multiple airports and regions but also caused power outages and disruptions to companies in 12 states prior to what is expected to be a severe freeze this weekend.
This unexpected turn of events has prompted airlines, passengers, and authorities to reassess their strategies and prioritize safety amidst the challenging weather conditions.
Airlines’ Response to the Winter Storm Crisis:
In response to the winter storm, airlines have been forced to make tough decisions to ensure passenger safety. The cancellation of over 1,800 flights is not merely an inconvenience but a necessary step to prevent potential risks associated with flying in adverse weather conditions.
According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, as of 10.48 a.m. ET, 1,832 flights had been canceled and 2,239 planes had been delayed.
Southwest led the list of cancelations with 386 canceled flights, followed by SkyWest Airlines with 328 and United Airlines with 275 as of now.
“We expect some operational challenges due to the weather in the Midwest today and potentially tomorrow due to the winter weather in the region,” Delta Air Lines said in a statement.
Some of Southwest Airlines’ flights in Chicago, Detroit, and Oklamaha may be affected, the airline said in a travel alert.
“Our operations team continues to monitor weather developments across the Midwest and adjust our schedule” United said in a statement.
On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning that wind, snow, and clouds could cause delays for flights at specific airports.