Snowmageddon: 12,500 Flights Canceled and Delayed Ahead of Christmas


More than 12,500 flights have been canceled or delayed due to a powerful winter storm that moved from the Midwest to the East Coast this week.

Thousands of passengers are stranded at airports ahead of the Christmas holiday.

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9,500 flights were canceled as of Thursday due to high winds and blizzard conditions at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports.

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Airports in Chicago, Denver, New York’s LaGuardia and Seattle-Tacoma International have the worst cancelations.

According to the FlightAware app, an additional 3,700 flights were canceled on Friday.

CNN reported:

Winter weather continues to disrupt holiday travel across the United States on Friday, leaving travelers facing delays and cancellations during one of the busiest times of the year.

More than 3,700 Friday flights have already been canceled as of 11 a.m. ET, after nearly 2,700 cancellations on Thursday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

Thursday’s cancellations represented about 11% of US-based carriers’ scheduled flights, according to FlightAware, with nearly half of flights delayed on Thursday.

Cancellations are highest Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia and in Chicago, according to FlightAware data.

The Federal Aviation Administration posted ground stops Friday morning for flights bound for Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, American Airlines’ second largest hub, and Reagan National Airport near Washington, DC due to deicing.

In the Pacific Northwest, FAA notices showed flights bound to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport were also under ground stops Friday morning due to snow and ice.

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