Nemo Wallops Northeast
A record-breaking blizzard known as Nemo is causing major travel delays and disruptions as it sets its sights on the northeastern US and Canada today. Airlines have cancelled more than 3,000 flights in advance of the storm. Flightstats is reporting that over 1,700 flights in and out of the three main New York area airports have been cancelled, while airports in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Philadelphia are also feeling the effects. The storm affecting flights around the world in a domino effect that is predicted to last through the weekend as airlines clear their backlogs in the aftermath of the storm.
Weather.com lists the following airline rebooking and waiver policies:
- Delta Air Lines: Cancelling flights at Northeast airports Friday; most cancellations after noon EST; Offering customers in the Northeast, Ottawa, and Montreal whose flights may be affected by the storm the ability to make one-time changes to their travel schedules without fees; Customers booked on Delta-ticketed flights to, from or through the affected cities Feb. 8-9 may immediately rebook for travel before or after their original travel dates as long as new flights are ticketed and rescheduled with travel beginning by Feb. 12, 2013.
- American Airlines: Customers ticketed to travel on AA flights to, through or from affected airports may change flights if the ticket was issued no later than Feb. 6. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change.
- Jet Blue: Waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling Friday, February 8-9 to or from affected cities; Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Tuesday, Feb.12.
- US Airways: Affected customers can change their trip online (in most cases) and US Airways will waive change fees.
- United Airlines: Giving customers as much notice as possible so they can adjust their plans accordingly, and customers with flexibility can take advantage of a travel waiver in place for those traveling to and through 32 airports in the Northeast. All waiver information is available on united.com.
- Southwest Airlines: Customers with reservations to/from affected cities on Feb. 8-9 are eligible to reschedule their flight in accordance with Southwest’s accommodation procedures.
The adverse weather is also affecting public transport to and from the airport, not to mention ground travel within and between cities: Boston’s MBTA will shut down this afternoon and Amtrak has reduced service in the region today.
Nemo is being described as “historic” and is expected to dump up to three feet of snow in some areas along with high winds from Connecticut up to Maine. Forecasters are warning the public of widespread power outages, structural damage, some coastal flooding, all of which has the potential to significantly disrupt travel.
If you’re scheduled to travel to or through the affected areas, give your dedicated FROSCH agent a call.