This file photo from Jan. 5, 2018, shows many delays and cancellations on a flight display board at Boston’s Logan International Airport amid an earlier snow storm. (Photo: Scott Eisen, Getty Images)
Last update 10 a.m. ET. Next update: By 1 p.m. ET.
Another day, another nor’easter. That’s how it must feel for air travelers this week as a potent coastal storm snarled flights for the third time in less than two weeks.
Nationwide, airlines have canceled more than 1,490 flights on Tuesday and another 144 on Wednesday, flight-tracking service FlightAware counted as of 9:55 a.m. ET. Another 369 were canceled across the nation on Monday, with at least a third of those related to the then-developing storm.
FLIGHT TRACKER: Is your flight on time?
Nearly all of those cancellations are tied to airports in the Northeast and New England, where more than a foot of snow is forecast across parts of the region.
American and Southwest had grounded their entire Tuesday schedules at Boston and at several other airports in the region. JetBlue, which operates its second-busiest airport at Boston, said it planned to operate only a few late-day arrivals there so that it could have planes in place to try to restart operations on Wednesday morning.
MORE: Airlines waive change fees for latest Northeast storm
IN PICTURES: 30 cool aviation photos (story continues below)
Those decisions were made a day earlier as airlines preemptively grounded more than 1,000 flights even before the storm’s first snowflakes.
“Proactive cancellations position airlines to quickly reset their schedules and operations once the storm passes,” FlightAwre spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a Tuesday morning e-mail. “In addition to minimizing impact on travelers, they also allow airlines to strategically reposition aircraft and crews away from the impacted areas.”
For Tuesday, travelers should expect few flights to operate in Boston.
“Most impacted is Boston Logan Intl (BOS) with 840 flights cancelled (75% of flights),” said Orsi.
She added that – so far – the three big delay-prone airports serving New York City were mostly on schedule, except for cancellations on flights to Boston and other airports hampered by the storm.
Underscoring the strength of the storm in New England, however, Amtrak said it was canceling Tuesday service between New York City and Boston “at least until 11 a.m.” local time.
Unrelated to the problems in the Northeast, fliers could face problems at San Francisco’s airport on Tuesday. Flights arriving to the airport were being delayed because of wind, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s flight-delay map. On-an-off problems were possible there throughout the day as rainy, blustery weather moved across the area. Several dozen flights had been canceled and a few dozen more delayed as of 10 a.m. ET, though some of those likely came on flights that had been scheduled to fly to or from the Northeast.
IN PICTURES: Another snowstorm hits the Northeast
TODAY IN THE SKY: One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement
Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2tJo42b