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Delays Top Two Hours in Newark as Storms Pummel U.S. Northeast

Some flights into the New York area were delayed more than two hours because of low visibility, as storms and ice plagued the Northeast and Midwest on Tuesday.

Airlines scrubbed 1,024 U.S. flights by 4:30 p.m. New York time, tracking service FlightAware.com said. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport got hit hard, with 252 cancellations among inbound and outbound flights. Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, had the nation’s second-highest tally with 124, FlightAware reported.

Poor visibility caused delays averaging two hours and 26 minutes on some flights into Newark, while flights into Philadelphia were behind one hour and 25 minutes on average, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Chicago is a major hub for both American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc., while United also has a commanding market share at Newark. Both airlines sat near the top of the list in cancellations and delays Tuesday, although Southwest Airlines Co. had by far the most delays, with more than 1,100.

Tuesday’s disruptions added to the woe that travelers felt over the two previous days. Sunday saw more than 1,600 cancellations, while more than 2,900 flights were scrapped on Monday.

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