Severe winter weather grounds more than 1,000 flights




Airlines have often called off more than 1,000 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday amid snow, heavy rain and completely different excessive weather, in response to flight-tracking site Flightaware.com.

Close to 500 flights scheduled to depart or fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport on Tuesday had been canceled and virtually 300 others in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta Air Lines’ foremost hub and the world’s busiest airport.

Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways said they’d waive date-change costs for vacationers affected by the acute weather.

A broad swath of the northern U.S. is bracing for a blast of doc chilly air.

Delta, which operates hubs in Minneapolis and Detroit, is preparing for the bitter temperatures by rising staffing of flooring workers who load baggage and restore aircraft so more staff can have time to go inside, along with transferring some aircraft into heated hangars in a single day, said spokesman Michael Thomas.




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