1,200 US flights canceled on Monday as winter storm hits east coast

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, a American airlines (AAL) hub, continues to be the hardest hit. More than 400 flights there were canceled on Monday and 85 delays were reported according to flight tracking site FlightAware. The airline preemptively canceled 1,100 flights on Sunday across its mainline and regional operations after canceling 90 on Saturday.

“This weekend’s winter storm is expected to have a significant impact on our operations, particularly at Charlotte International Airport,” American said in a statement. It also issued a travel advisory allowing customers affected by the weather to rebook flights at no cost.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the second worst-hit airport, with 38 cancellations reported Monday.

A huge storm system hit the eastern United States and the Midwest over the weekend. There were reports of crippling ice in parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas on Sunday. The governors of these states have declared emergencies.

United Airlines cuts flights amid Omicron push

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday, and many schools and offices have been closed.

American is not the only carrier to cancel flights. Starting at 8 a.m. ET Monday, South West (LUV) canceled 72 flights, according to FlightAware, while Delta Airlines (DAL) canceled 37 flights. JetBlue (JBLU) canceled 49 flights and 82 flights on United (LAU) have been removed.
It’s been a miserable few weeks for air travel. Winter weather and Omicron surges canceled 20,000 US flights during the busy holiday travel season. As travel has resumed, staff cuts have also left airlines with fewer employees than they had before the pandemic.

— Ramishah Maruf of CNN Business contributed to this report.


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