RDU flights returning to normal after disruption caused by Northeast snowstorm

RDU flights returning to normal after disruption caused by Northeast snowstorm

RDU flights returning to normal after disruption caused by Northeast snowstorm

Even in Florida, about three dozen flights had been canceled in Orlando - mostly on flights to the north.

More than 900 flights have already been cancelled for Wednesday.

Almost 3,000 flights were canceled Tuesday at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, according to the Port Authority, which operates those airports.

One woman whose flight was cancelled told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens she didn't have the money for a hotel-so she was stuck in the airport until at least Wednesday morning.

Most of the flights grounded were by Southwest Airlines, which has called off 880 scheduled Tuesday departures, which is about 22 percent of its flights for the day, as of 9:20 a.m. The airports with the most cancellations were Newark International Airport in New Jersey and Boston Logan International Airport. Airlines have increasingly favored such a move since it allows a quick and orderly restart to operations once the weather improves.

Travelers should expect "significant vehicular traffic" at the airports on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as they try to get on rescheduled flights, said officials from the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, the agency that oversees the airports. American Airlines canceled its entire daily schedule Tuesday at both JFK and LaGurdia airports and said it would not fly from Boston after 8 a.m. ET.

While the nor'easter Stella was downgraded as it hit New York City on Tuesday with snow totals falling short of initial estimates, mass cancellations and states of emergency stayed in effect. Twitter users can also receive automated updates by tweeting their flight number @BDLFlightInfo.

Crews happily take on anything the weather can throw at them to make sure the Hancock Airport remains open for business.

The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200 for customers who want to change their travel plans. "You get up, guys coming in know they're going to be in the sweepers or plows or rotors whatever it's gotta be", said airport maintenance supervisor John Smorol.

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