Winter Storm Leo forces numerous airlines to offer travel waivers in US

Published on : Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FlightA number of domestic airlines in USA have recently announced their plan to offer travel waivers for the air-passengers as rough and wintry weather hits West Coast, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in the latter half of January. On Sunday, 22nd January, around 200 flights from the United Airlines faced travel chaos due to the extreme weather.



According to the meteorologists, in the last quarter of January 2017, the Winter Storm Leo would bring heavy snow and rough winds to several regions. On 22nd January, California endured snowfall, flooding and extreme winds as the storm Leo started to form. The meteorologists believe that the storm is going to move towards east.



On Sunday, 22nd January, American Airlines announced that those who are travelling on 23rd January from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania, will be able to change the date of the journey for free till 26th January, Thursday. On the very same day, Delta Airlines announced that the air passengers could cancel their trips or could also be entitled to receive a refund if the flight gets cancelled or delayed by 90 minutes or so. The travellers, who bought tickets for 23rd and 24th January, will also get to change the date of their journey. But they must fly before 27th January, Friday.



JetBlue Airlines has announced that a total of 18 cities in Northeast and seven airports on West Coast got affected by the extreme weather and the travel waiver plan by the airline will be applicable for the travellers in those cities. The airline has informed that those who were supposed to travel on 22nd and 23rd January could re-book with the airline through 28th January, Saturday. The Southwest Airlines has also announced that in 15 cities on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, travellers will be able to re-book their journey between the same cities for free within 14 days of the original date of journey. It would be applicable for those who were supposed to fly on 22nd, 23rd and 24th January.



Due to a technical glitch, United Airlines has issued a system-wide travel waiver on 22nd January, for the travellers who were supposed to fly on 23rd January, Monday. The airline is also offering a travel change fee waiver for the travellers in 18 cities across Northeast, who had reservations for 23rd and 24th January. But the airline also informed that the travellers must re-book the flights that will depart by 27th January, Friday.



Where the domestic airlines were forced to announce travel waivers, the Amtrak rail did not announce any changes on their train schedules.

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