A Long Storm for JetBlue

The airline cancelled about 23% of its flights over the weekend in order to recover from Wednesday's storm.
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It's taking a long time for

JetBlue

(JBLU) - Get Report

to shovel out from last Wednesday's ice storm.

The low-cost airline announced Saturday it was canceling 23% of its flights over the three-day Presidents Day weekend after delays and cancellations related to the ice storm threw its operations into disarray.

The New York-based airline said Sunday it planned to be operating a normal schedule by Tuesday, according to

Reuters

.

Still, its reputation among consumers may suffer for some time after the cancellations left hordes of travelers stranded.

Wednesday's storm hit JetBlue's home base at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, forcing the carrier to cancel more than 250 flights that day and delay others. The airline had hoped to get back on its feet by canceling some flights Thursday and Friday, but only one runway operated at JFK Thursday, and all the delays and cancellations wreaked havoc on the airline's air-crew schedules.

JetBlue said it¿s still assessing the impact of the past week on its finances, according to

Reuters

The carrier said passengers on now-cancelled flights may convert the value of their tickets into a JetBlue credit or receive a full refund. They may also rebook their travel through May 22 without a ticket-change fee.

JetBlue shares lost 29 cents Friday to close at $13.56.