Winter Storm Snarls Air Travel - Again

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Commuters and travelers along the East Coast are facing transportation cancellations and delays as a winter snowstorm moves North, causing many airlines to cancel flights.

While most airports have remained open for operation, many airline carriers have been canceling flights out of affected cities as the blizzard has made its way up the coast.
Luggage sits at an empty baggage claim as a severe storm cancels most flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Monday, Jan. 10 in Atlanta.

The only airport that has reported a closing is the Long Island MacArthur Airport, due to the heavy snow and icy conditions. The airport closed on Jan. 12 at about 4 a.m. ET and is expected to reopen later today at 12 p.m.

While many flights are cancelled, most airlines have announced that they will waive change fees for passengers traveling between affected cities.

Delta ( DAL) is offering customers a chance to reschedule their flights without a change fee if they were scheduled to travel to, from or through a number of cities, including Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., Washington and Philadelphia, between Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 13.

It will also waive change fees for scheduled travelers from major Northeast cities such as Boston, New York, Hartford and Albany between Wednesday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 14.

U.S. Airways ( LCC) is allowing passengers scheduled to fly to or from the affected cities between Monday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 13 to move an entire trip up to 7 days before or after its scheduled departure date at no fee.

Passengers affected by the Southern winter storm between Jan. 8 and Jan. 11 still have a few days to reschedule their flights at no extra charge. Affected cities include Montgomery, Ala., Little Rock, Ark., Atlanta, Memphis Tenn. and Nashville, Tenn.

JetBlue ( JBLU) has declared a Mid-Atlantic and Northeast fee waiver through which customers booked for travel to, from, or through the affected cities through Thursday, Jan. 13, may "voluntarily rebook for new flights that depart anytime through Tuesday, Jan. 18," the company said on its Web site.

Eligible cities include Boston, Charlotte, N.C., New York, Portland, Maine, Richmond, Va. and Washington.

Southwest Airlines ( LUV) cancelled several of its Tuesday evening flights and many of its Wednesday morning flights to and from New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence, R.I.

Customers with reservations to and from these cities between Tuesday, Jan. 11 through Wednesday, Jan. 12 will be able to reschedule without any additional charge. Continental Airlines ( UAL), United Air Lines, AirTran Airways ( AAI) and Spirit Airlines have also cancelled and delayed a number of flights today and will likely waive change fees for its affected customers.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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