Winter Storm Juno, being called a blizzard of historic proportions, promised to wreck havoc even before it got going. By Monday afternoon most major U.S. airlines had announced massive flight cancellations for Tuesday.
Delta Airlines cancelled 960 flights for Tuesday, and will offer limited service at the LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports in New York City. Delta will not operate at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant said the airline may cancel flights for Wednesday morning as well.
Calculating by airport, for Tuesday, LaGuardia has 878 cancelled flights; JFK has 701 cancelled flights and 15 delayed flights; the Newark Airport in Newark, N.J. has 871 cancelled flights; the Philadelphia International Airport has 665 cancellations; and Boston’s Logan airport has 608 cancelled flights, according data compiled Monday evening by flightstats.com.
The National Weather Service predicts 18 to 30 inches of snow in the New England region. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph in areas near the coastline. Blustery conditions will persist throughout the day Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.
The major airlines also announced that they will waive fees for cancelling or changing passengers’ flights in advance of weather disruption.
United, JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines were among a list of companies that issued waivers for people traveling to and from cities in the Northeast region, including those further south like Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Winter storm warnings are in effect in parts of Md. and W. Va., but snow accumulation will be light, according to The Weather Channel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.