The weeklong winter storm, whose impacts are still being felt across the United States, has led to several flight cancellations, piling up
traveling challenges for people returning home for Christmas.
Over 1,350 flights within, into, or out of the United States were canceled
by Sunday morning, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. The
number of flights that were able to take off but were delayed numbered over
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), which is one of the
busiest airport in the world in terms of passengers served, leads the pack for cancellations and
delays due to the weather.
The massive storm’s arrival caused difficulty for travelers who had
started traveling back to their hometowns or out for vacations during the
Christmas week, increasing flying numbers as much as in the pre-pandemic days.
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On Christmas Eve, a total of 3,487 flights were canceled,
according to FlightAware. Friday, December 22 saw a whopping 5,934
cancellations, while Thursday witnessed over 2,700 cancellations across the US.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York had to shut down flights
entirely on Frida owing to the temperature and the snow-filled states.
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“The Buffalo Airport Airfield has closed
due to hazardous weather conditions,” a tweet from the airport’s official
Twitter handle read, also announcing the cancellation of all flights.
This arrival of the winter weather and the winter storm across the
eastern two-thirds of the nation is forecast to slowly moderate by Monday.
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The John F. Kennedy International Airport In New York, the Boston Logan International Airport, and the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport were others that delayed or canceled flights.