2,900-plus flights canceled; Austin airport reopens as Delta extends waivers

Thursday’s travel conditions appear bleak as another snowstorm rages across the country by the end of the week, hitting parts of the country where millions have already been without electricity in record-breaking cold.

More than 100 million Americans are on the trail of the storm that runs from the southern plains to the east coast in the next few days, the National Weather Service said.

But the nation’s heartland will see some relief over the weekend, the weather service reported, as the cold air will gradually subside over the next few days.

Before that, much of Texas and the southeast will endure heavy snowfall and “light glaze build-up of ice up to a few hundredths of an inch” by Thursday. Heavy snow is expected to move north to south of New England on Thursday.

As of 2:30 p.m. EST Thursday, FlightAware counted more than 2,900 canceled flights and more than 1,800 delays. Dallas Fort Worth International remained the world leader in canceled flights, and the airport’s dominant airline, American Airlines, topped the list of airlines with the highest number of canceled flights. So far there have been around 950 cancellations for Friday.

In good news, Austin Bergstrom International Airport reopened Wednesday evening, although its South Terminal, which serves Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air, remains closed. The airport expects to publish an update on Friday operations by this afternoon.

The airline waives the east coast in the Midwest

Most major US carriers have exemptions for the Mid Atlantic and Northeast through Friday or Saturday. Southwest and United also covered Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee trips through Friday.

American Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-20

Targets covered: 37, which covers an area from Cleveland to Bangor, Maine. All New York City and Washington, DC and Philadelphia airports are included.

Details: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp

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Delta Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-20

Targets covered: 15, including the New York and Washington subway airports, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia subway airports.

Details: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/weather-alerts/northeastern-us-winter-weather

Frontier AIrlines

Covered dates: February 18-20

Targets covered: 18, including airports in the New York area and Albany and Syracuse; the three airports in the Washington area; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston.

Details: https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/?mobile=true

JetBlue Airways

Covered dates: February 18-19

Targets covered: 15, including New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and airports to Boston and Richmond, Virginia.

Details: https://www.jetblue.com/travel-alerts

Southwest Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-19

Targets covered: One of the Southwest exemptions applies to travel to and from Little Rock, Arkansas. Cincinnati; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. The second exemption applies to 15 destinations in the Central Atlantic and northeast from Richmond to Boston.

Details: https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_20211121613166659852.html

United Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-20

Targets covered: One of United’s exemptions is for travel Wednesday through Saturday through 35 airports in the mid Atlantic and northeast from West Virginia to Vermont. The other includes 15 destinations in the Midwest from Nashville to Toronto for Wednesday through Friday.

Details: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

Surrender to the south of the USA

Delta has extended its travel waiver to the southern and central plains states through Friday. “Customers with an original ticketing date on or before February 18, 2021 are entitled to this waiver,” the website says.

American, Southwest, and United Airlines, all of which have a massive presence in the Lone Star State, continue to have active flight waivers for travel for Wednesday and Thursday.

Delta Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-19

Targets covered: 16, including most major airports in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Details: https://news.delta.com/update-delta-extends-travel-waiver-texas-again-due-winter-weather

American Airlines

Covered dates: February 18

Targets covered: 22, including Dallas, Houston and Austin in Texas and Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Details: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp

United Airlines

Covered dates: February 18-20

Targets covered: Houston

Details: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

Contributor: Doyle Rice

This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Winter storm: more than 2,900 flights canceled; Austin Airport will reopen

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