Many of those cancellations came in the Washington, D.C., area, where 6 to 12 inches of snow fell across the region. More than 50 combined arrivals and departures had been cancelled at Washington Reagan National early Monday while another 22 were axed at Washington Dulles. A number of those cancellations were made pre-emptively on Sunday as snowfall piled up in the region. The tally of canceled flights accounted for about 5 percent of the entire day’s schedule at National Airport and about 3 percent at Dulles, according to FlightAware’s count.
A smattering of delays and cancellations remained at other airports across the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley, but it appeared as though schedules could return to normal by the day’s end.
But that comes only after airlines were forced to ground nearly 1,500 flights since Friday, when the storm began dumping snow in Colorado before tracking east over the Midwest and – eventually – to the Atlantic.
By the time the snow wound down late Sunday, dozens of airports suffered spikes in cancellations and delays during storm’s duration.
There were more than 925 cancellations on Sunday alone and another 460 on Saturday. The Missouri and St. Louis airports were among the hardest hit earlier in the weekend, when a foot of snow fell across large parts of that state. Among the others affected were Chicago O’Hare; Chicago Midway; Indianapolis; Cincinnati and Dayton in Ohio; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.
All four of the USA’s biggest airlines waived rebooking fees for some airports because of the storm, though the details were different for American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines.
Other carriers that had issued storm-related waivers by Saturday morning included JetBlue, Frontier and Spirit.
The waivers generally allowed eligible customers at certain airports to make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or a recalculated fare. Most of those waivers covered flights through Sunday, though Southwest’s also included travelers booked on Monday flights to four Mid-Atlantic airports (Washington Reagan National, Washington Dulles, Baltimore/Washington and Richmond).