Winter storm: 2,400-plus flights canceled; new waivers for East Coast as Texas airports dig out – USA TODAY

Jayme Deerwester   | USA TODAY

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Airlines have issued a fresh set of travel waivers for a wide portion of the East Coast Wednesday as airports in Texas continue to dig out after record ice and snow.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that over 100 million Americans are under winter storm warnings, watches, or advisories as another round of “heavy snow and treacherous ice accumulations” approached the East Coast.

As of 2:30 p.m. EST, FlightAware counted more than 2,400 canceled flights and more than 900 delays for Wednesday. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport still led the world in canceled flights with American Airlines heading up the list of carriers with the most canceled flights.

Meanwhile, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which had closed its airfield due to the storm, reopened Tuesday night but cautioned passengers to check with their carriers before coming to the airport. Austin Bergstrom International Airport said it would reopen at 1 p.m. CST Wednesday after being closed Tuesday.

Airline waivers for East Coast, Midwest

As of Wednesday morning, most major U.S. airlines had waivers in place for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Friday or Saturday. Southwest and United also covered travel in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee through Friday.

American Airlines

Dates covered: Feb. 18-20

Destinations covered: 37, covering an area from Cleveland to Bangor, Maine. All the New York City and Washington, D.C.-area airports are included, as well as Philadelphia.

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

Delta Air Lines

Dates covered: Feb. 18-20

Destinations covered: 15, including the New York and Washington metro airports, as well as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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

JetBlue Airways

Dates covered: Feb. 18-19

Destinations covered: 15, including New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and airports as far north as Boston and as far south as Richmond, Virginia.

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

Southwest Airlines

Dates covered: Feb. 17-19

Destinations covered: One of Southwest’s waivers covers travel in and out of Little Rock, Arkansas; Cincinnati; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Its second waiver covers 15 destinations across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, from Richmond to Boston.

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

United Airlines

Dates covered: Feb. 17-20

Destinations covered: One of United’s waivers covers travel throughout 35 airports in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, from West Virginia to Vermont from Wednesday through Saturday. The other covers 15 Midwestern destinations from Nashville to Toronto for Wednesday through Friday.

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

Waivers for southern U.S. 

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

American Airlines

Dates covered:  Feb. 17-18

Destinations 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

Southwest Airlines

Dates covered: Feb. 17

Destinations covered: 10, including major Texas airports in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma and St. Louis.

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

United Airlines

Dates covered: Feb. 17-20

Destinations covered: Houston

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

 Contributing: USA TODAY staff reports; Associated Press

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