1,000+ More Flights, Dozens to Orlando, Canceled due to Winter Storm

Orlando Flights Canceled

As severe winter weather continues to pound the North East and the Mid-West United States on Monday, January 17, over a thousand more flights are being canceled, including dozens destined for Orlando International Airport (MCO).

According to Orlando NBC affiliate WESH:

“Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, an American Airlines hub, continues to be the hardest hit. More than 400 flights were canceled there Monday and 85 delays were reported… Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the second-most affected airport, with 38 cancellations reported Monday… As of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Southwest canceled 72 flights, according to FlightAware, while Delta Air Lines canceled 37 flights. JetBlue canceled 49 flights and 82 flights on United have been axed.” 

Orlando International Airport


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But these airports are not alone in the cancelations. According to MCO’s live flight search, as of 2:15 pm ET Monday, over two dozen flights out of northern airports such as Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, JFK have been delayed or canceled. There is little doubt that these cancelations are leaving at least a few Disney-bound travelers stuck in the cold.


Click here to review the live list yourself.

With no airline claiming it as an official hub, Orlando International Airport plays host to several domestic airlines such as Southwest, United, Delta, Spirit, Frontier, American, and Jet Blue, and it offers the closest proximity to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and everything else Central Florida has to offer.

Credit: Orlando International Airport / Sunshine Flyer

Vacationers bound for Disney used to be able to take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express for direct transportation between MCO and their Disney World Resort Hotel. But that service has been discontinued, replaced with motorcoach transportation provided by Mears.

Related: Flying Into Orlando? Here’s How to Get to Walt Disney World Without Disney’s Magical Express

The 1,200+ flights canceled on Monday alone follow 3,000 flights being canceled on the preceding Sunday, also due to weather.

Do you know anybody whose flight got canceled because of this storm? Let us know in the comments!

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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