New York Airports See Flight Delays as Storm Moves to Northeast

Passengers at Airport
Passengers wait in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 26, 2013. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Airports in New York began to see delays this evening as a winter storm moved into the Northeast bringing rain and strong winds.

Departures from John F. Kennedy International Airport were delayed by an average of 28 minutes and flights both in and out of LaGuardia Airport were running late by at least 25 minutes at 5:15 p.m. local time, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.

The storm has caused hundreds of flight cancellations since yesterday as it moved from the Gulf of Mexico and the heaviest travel for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday begins. Several U.S. airlines, including United Continental Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, waived rebooking fees for flights to and from airports in the Northeast. The waivers allow travelers flying today or tomorrow to change a flight without charge.

Almost 430 flights were canceled yesterday at U.S. airports, 320 of them at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as the system passed through there, according to FlightAware. At least 10 people died in the South earlier this week as a result of the storm, the Associated Press said.

Today, 185 flights have been canceled so far in the U.S., according to FlightStats.com, another tracking service.

To contact the reporter on this story: Caroline Chen in New York at cchen509@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net