BA, Virgin Cancel Europe-U.S. Flights as Storm Disrupts Travel

  • Flights from London to Boston operating with minor delays
  • Crews clearing snow-covered runways in Washington, New York

Several dozen flights between Europe and the U.S. East Coast were canceled or delayed after a blizzard blanketed New York, Washington and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic with as much as two feet of snow that paralyzed local transportation services.

British Airways canceled six London to New York flights and all three Washington bound services Sunday, according to its website, which shows three other flights subject to delays. Virgin Atlantic canceled three flights from London to Washington and New York. Both carriers said flights to Boston were operating with delays.

Virgin Atlantic flights to New York and Boston should return to normal service on Monday, according to an airline spokeswoman who said they are monitoring the situation in Washington. British Airways customers should continue to check the company’s website for travel updates, a spokeswoman said.

The weekend storm left 16 inches to 20 inches of snow across New York and northern New Jersey, with totals reaching almost three feet in and around the Washington, D.C., area. The unincorporated community of Glengary, West Virginia, recorded 40 inches of snow.

Flights from central Europe also were scrapped, with 10 inbound and outbound New York and Washington flights canceled in Zurich and Air France eliminating 12 flights to the U.S. East Coast over the weekend.

Lufthansa canceled 14 inbound and outbound U.S.-Germany flights Sunday, disrupting service at Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich. Lufthansa planned to resume flights Sunday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the carrier said.

Air France-KLM’s KLM unit canceled a flight to Dulles International Airport in Washington from Amsterdam, according to its website. A flight for Newark International Airport departed as scheduled earlier Sunday, the airline said.

The Swedish carrier SAS canceled its Washington and New York services to and from Copenhagen and Oslo Sunday. Moscow Sheremetyevo airport said on its website that two Aeroflot flights to New York were canceled today while two others flew on schedule.

An estimated 13,232 flights in the U.S. were canceled from Friday, when the storm began, through Monday, according to the website of Houston-based FlightAware.

Heavy, blowing snow during Saturday afternoon in the Washington area had hampered efforts to keep runways cleared, and Dulles told passengers that the airport would be closed on Sunday. In 2014, 7.1 million international passengers arrived at Dulles, or about third of all travelers at the airport.

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