Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017
Winter storm Niko has caused a travel chaos across the Northeast U.S. on Thursday. Due to the storm 3,540 flights have been cancelled at some of the busiest airports in the US. More than 2,300 of those cancellations were announced on Wednesday in anticipation of Niko.
The winter storm warnings stretched along the I-95 corridor from Maryland to Maine with snow and high winds making for a treacherous morning commute in places like Philadelphia and New York City, where drivers are being encouraged to stay off the roads.
Nearly 70 percent of the entire day’s schedule at Boston’s Logan International Airport have been grounded. In New York City, JFK International Airport cancelled half of its flight itineraries.
Nearby, JFK and Newark airports are catching up, though, reporting several hundred cancellations for Thursday as well.
New York is expecting up to a foot of snow, while parts of New England could receive a s much as 18 inches.
Fortunately, for impacted air travelers, major airlines (including Delta Air Lines) announced ahead of time that they were waiving change fees for customers in or out of cities in the storm’s path.
In addition, rail services like Amtrak have not changed any of their scheduled rides, but travelers are being advised to call ahead to ensure their scheduled departure times haven’t been pushed back or canceled altogether.