Friday flight cancellations exceed 2,700, disrupting holiday travel

(CNN) — Winter weather continues to disrupt holiday travel across the United States on Friday, leaving travelers facing delays and cancellations during one of the busiest times of the year.

After 2,544 flight cancellations in the United States on Thursday, another 2,709 flights on Friday have already been canceled as of 2:20 a.m. ET, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

Cancellations are highest in New York’s LaGuardia and in Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Boston, according to FlightAware data.

Chicago and Denver airports saw the bulk of cancellations and delays on Thursday. Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Thursday recorded average delays of nearly three hours due to snow and ice.

Record temperatures were recorded in parts of the West and South on Thursday.

An arctic outburst and rapidly intensifying winter storm has come at an unfortunate time for travelers trying to join family and friends for the holidays.

Airlines have issued winter weather waivers allowing passengers to book free of charge within a limited time frame. Find links to airline waivers and other airline strategies here.

Train and bus services are also affected

Amtrak has also been forced to delay or cancel passenger service for some routes in the Midwest and Northeast.

Click here for reported rail service disruptions from 5 p.m. Thursday.

In its advisory, Amtrak said “customers with reservations on trains being changed will generally be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or on a different day.

“Amtrak will waive the additional fee for customers wishing to change their reservation during the changed schedule by calling our reservations center at 1-800-USA-RAIL.”

Meanwhile, Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus services, issued a service alert on Thursday warning customers traveling in the Midwest over the next two days that their trips could be delayed or canceled.

The bus company listed more than a dozen towns from West Virginia to Minnesota among those affected. They understand:

• Charleston, West Virginia

• Chicago

• Cleveland

• Dallas

• Danville, Illinois

• Davenport, Iowa

• Denver

• Detroit

• Indianapolis

• Kansas City

• Minneapolis

• Saint Louis

• Wichita, Kansas

Greyhound said riders can call 1-833-233-8507 to reschedule.

Winter weather is also impacting services from regional intercity bus company Jefferson Lines, which operates in 14 states.

In an alert posted on its website Thursday, the company said 26 routes were canceled for Friday. Cities affected by the cancellations include Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Duluth and Kansas City.

Affected travelers are asked to call 1-858-800-8898.

Top image: Travelers arrive for their flights at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on December 22, 2022. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images

Ross Levitt, Dave Hennen, Greg Wallace, Paul P. Murphy and Carol Alvarado contributed to this report.


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