More Than 2,300 Flights Cancelled Already Friday as Bomb Cyclone Wreaks Havoc

Mar 2, 2018

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Friday is shaping up to be a rough day for flying through the Northeast. The bomb cyclone churning off of the Northeast coast is spreading damaging winds across the region, grounding flights.

The impressive-looking storm is centered just south of Nantucket, but its impact is being felt across the Northeast.

Airport cancellations: As of 10:46 a.m. Eastern, FlightAware’s cancellation tracker lists 2,312 flight cancellations for Friday, with another 65 flights already cancelled for Saturday. The worst-hit airports are:

  • New York’s LaGuardia (LGA): 524 cancellations
  • Boston (BOS): 454 cancellations
  • New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK): 329 cancellations
  • Newark (EWR): 325 cancellations
  • Reagan National (DCA): 259 cancellations
  • Philadelphia (PHL): 179 cancellations

Washington’s Dulles airport (IAD) has reported 67 mph gusts, and nearby Reagan National (DCA) observed 62 mph gusts.

Airline cancellations: So far, American Airlines has canceled the most flights at 406. Delta has canceled 236 flights so far for Friday. However, it’s the legacy carriers’ regional operators (Endeavor, Republic, ExpressJet, Envoy Air, CommutAir) that are taking the brunt of the storm with a combined 912 cancellations.

Airline waivers: At least 11 airlines have issued change fee waivers or notices for this storm. Many airlines are allowing flexible passengers the chance to change their itinerary for free to avoid getting stuck.

Remember, if you can’t delay your itinerary, airlines aren’t going to be responsible for paying for your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. But some top cards have flight delay/cancellation insurance that can reimburse you for weather issues, including the Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), the Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) and Chase Sapphire Preferred ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of 10:30 a.m. Eastern, here are the airline weather waivers and notices:

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Air France

Air France has announced the cancellation of the following flights to/from the US:

  • AF334/02mar CDG BOS and AF333/02mar BOS CDG
  • AF022/02mar CDG JFK and AF023/02mar JFK CDG
  • AF006/02mar CDG JFK and AF007/02mar JFK CDG
  • AF032/02mar ORY JFK and AF019/02mar JFK ORY
  • AF010/02mar CDG JFK and AF011/02mar JFK CDG
  • AF008/02mar CDG JFK and AF009/02mar JFK CDG
  • AF054/02mar CDG IAD and AF055/02mar IAD CDG

Alaska Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 1-3
  • Airports affected: Boston (BOS); Newark (EWR); New York – Kennedy (JFK); New York – LaGuardia (LGA); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington – Reagan (DCA); Washington – Dulles (IAD); Baltimore (BWI)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 1
  • Rebooked travel must be completed by March 7
  • Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 3, 2018.
  • [Alaska] will waive the change fees and the difference in the price of the ticket if the new travel is booked to or from the affected cities in the same cabin and completed on or before March 7. You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Rebook your flight or apply for a refund online.

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports affected: Albany, New York (ALB); Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Buffalo, New York (BUF); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Islip, New York (ISP); Ithaca, New York (ITH); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); Portland, Maine (PWM); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); Rochester, New York (ROC); State College, Pennsylvania (SCE); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Syracuse, New York (SYR); Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA); Watertown, New York (ART); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN); Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (IPT)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by February 27
  • Rebook travel anytime between February 28-March 6
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.


  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Allentown, PA (ABE); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Binghamton, NY (BGM); Boston, MA (BOS); Buffalo, NY (BUF); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Elmira, NY (ELM); Erie, PA (ERI); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Ithaca, NY (ITH); Manchester, NH (MHT); New York – Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Portland, ME (PWM); Providence, RI (PVD); Rochester, NY (ROC); Scranton, PA (AVP); State College, PA (SCE); Syracuse, NY (SYR); Washington D.C. – Dulles (IAD); Washington D.C. – Reagan (DCA); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by March 6
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than March 6
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond March 6, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare might apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.
  • If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.


  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Buffalo, NY (BUF); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Detroit, MI (DTW); New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA); New York Islip, NY (ISP); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Providence, RI (PVD); Trenton, NJ (TTN); Washington National, DC (DCA); Washington National, DC (IAD)
  • Must have bought your ticket by March 1
  • Rebooked travel must be completed no later than March 19
  • Customers may make one itinerary change – rules/restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements will be waived.


  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Boston, MA (BOS); Buffalo, NY (BUF); Hartford, CT (BDL); Newark, NJ (EWR); New York, NY (JFK, LGA); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Rochester, NY (ROC); Syracuse, NY (SYR); White Plains, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Must have bought your ticket by February 28
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 6
  • To rebook travel or request a refund online, click here. If you are already checked in for your flight, call JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for assistance with rebooking or a credit.


  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Buffalo (BUF); Rochester (ROC); Albany (ALB); Baltimore/Washington (BWI); Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); Long Island MacArthur (ISP); Manchester (MHT); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Portland (PWM); Providence (PVD); Washington Dulles (IAD); Washington Reagan National (DCA)
  • Customers who are holding reservations for these dates and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with [Southwest’s] accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.


  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Atlantic City, NJ (ACY); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); Niagara Falls, NY (IAG); Newark, NJ (EWR); New York, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Modification Charge/Fare Difference waived through March 7, 2018
  • After this date the modification charge is waived, but a fare difference might apply.


  • Travel date: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Allentown, PA (ABE); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Buffalo, NY (BUF); Burlington, VT (BTV); Erie, PA (ERI); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, NH (MHT); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Rochester, NY (ROC); Scranton, PA (AVP); Syracuse, NY (SYR); Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD); Washington-National, DC (DCA); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before March 7, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Virgin America

  • Travel dates: March 2-3
  • Airports covered: Boston (BOS); Newark (EWR); New York, Kennedy (JFK); LaGuardia (LGA); Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Tickets must have been purchased by March 1
  • To modify an existing reservation during this period, you may contact the call center at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN* (877.359.8474) for assistance. Or manage your reservation online: Change your flightCancel or refund your flight.

Virgin Atlantic

  • Travel dates: March 2-4
  • Airports covered: “UK and USA”
  • Re-book to a later date: Take a Virgin Atlantic flight to your destination at a later date. Travel must be completed between March 3, 2018, to March 10, 2018, subject to availability of seats in the cabin you’ve booked.
  • Re-book on a Virgin Atlantic flight to another destination: Travel must be completed between March 3 2018, and March 10 2018, subject to availability of seats in the cabin of service you have booked plus any fare difference. If you booked directly with Virgin Atlantic, please call the flight disruption line (1-800-862-8621).

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