Post-Thanksgiving Storm: 2,400+ Cancellations Since Sunday

Travelers faced more flight woes on Monday as a winter storm wreaked havoc on flights across the Midwest.

The wintry weather compounded problems that began for air travelers on Sunday, when more than 1,285 flights were canceled across the USA. Major airlines were waiving rebooking fees at a number of airports across the region.

On Monday, more than 1,150 flights had been canceled nationwide and another 2,925 delayed as of 1:30 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com.

Most of those came in the Midwest, where wintry weather that began Sunday continued to affect major hubs in the region.

In Chicago, nearly 930 combined arrivals and departures had been grounded Monday at the city’s busy O’Hare airport. That cancellation tally accounted for about a third of all the day’s flights at O’Hare, a major connecting hub for both American and United. Monday’s added to the misery of flyers who were stranded there on the busy post-Thanksgiving Sunday, when another 800 cancellations were counted at the USA’s third-busiest airport.

It all came as millions of air travelers were trying to make their way home on Sunday, the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday period.

But it wasn’t just O’Hare where travelers ran into problems.

Across town at Chicago’s Midway Airport, about 60 combined arrivals and departures and been scrubbed on Monday. That followed the cancellation of about 120 flights there on Sunday.

In Kansas City, Missouri, thousands of stranded travelers are hoping for better flight schedules Monday after major disruptions there a day earlier. The airport halted all flight operations for about four hours on Sunday amid blizzard conditions, leading to the cancellation of about half of the airport’s entire flight schedule for the day.

For Monday, about two dozen departures – roughly 13 percent of the day’s schedule – had already been grounded as of 1:30 p.m. ET. Kansas City’s flight schedule appeared to be improving as airlines got their crews and airplanes back into place.

Several cities in the Northeast also were suffering from high delay counts Monday as cloudy, windy conditions affected flights at airports such as New York LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Boston.

Back in the Midwest, a number of other Midwestern airports were recovering Monday after suffering significant delays and cancellations on Sunday, including Milwaukee; Omaha, Nebraska; and Cedar Rapids and Des Moines in Iowa.

Problems also spilled into other regions on Sunday. Delays spiked at Boston Logan and New York LaGuardia, where a mix of overcast skies and high holiday flight volumes led to slowdowns.

A number of other U.S. airports – from Los Angeles and Phoenix in the West to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston Bush Intercontinental in Texas to Orlando and Atlanta in the Southeast – also saw significant delays on Sunday. Some were likely effects from problems in the Midwest, while others were related to congested flight schedules or weather in other areas.

Scroll down for details on the winter-storm waivers now in place at the biggest U.S. airlines:

American Airlines

Cities covered: Chicago O’Hare; Appleton, Wisconsin; Cedar  Rapids, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Dubuque, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Flint, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Lansing, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee; Moline/Quad Cities, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana; Traverse City, Michigan; and Waterloo, Iowa.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 24-26
Waiver: Customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed by Nov. 30. Fees may be waived for travel beyond that, but a new fare may apply.
More infoAmerican’s website

Delta Air Lines

Cities covered: Chicago Midway; Chicago O’Hare; Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; Cedar  Rapids, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Flint, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee; Moline/Quad Cities, Illinois; Omaha, Nebraska; Peoria, Illinois; Rapid City, South Dakota; Saginaw, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 25-26
Waiver: Customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed by Nov. 29. Fees may be waived for travel beyond that, but a new fare may apply.
More infoDelta’s website

Frontier Airlines

Cities covered: Chicago O’Hare; Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee; Omaha, Nebraska; Wichita, Kansas.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 24-26
Waiver: Customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed by Dec. 10.
More infoUnited’s website

Southwest Airlines

Cities covered: Chicago Midway; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee; Omaha, Nebraska; and Wichita, Kansas.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 24-26
Wavier: Southwest does not charge change fees. But customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed within 14 days of original flight. Otherwise, the credit for the unused flight can be applied toward future travel. Some fine print applies.

Spirit Airlines

Cities covered: Chicago O’Hare; Kansas City, Missouri.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 25-26
Wavier: Customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed by Nov. 29. Fees may be waived for travel beyond that, but a new fare may apply.
More infoSpirit’s website

United Airlines

Cities covered: Chicago O’Hare; Appleton, Wisconsin; Cedar  Rapids, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Flint, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Hays, Kansas; Houghton, Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Kearney, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee; Moline/Quad Cities, Illinois; Muskegon, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska; Peoria, Illinois; Quincy, Illinois; Saginaw, Michigan; Salina, Kansas; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; South Bend, Indiana; Traverse City, Michigan; and Wichita, Kansas.
Covered travel dates: Nov. 24-26
Waiver: Customers on the covered travel dates can make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fee. Some fine print applies.
Travel by: Rebooked travel must be completed by Nov. 30. Fees may be waived for travel beyond that, but a new fare may apply.
More infoUnited’s website

(USA Today)

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