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Winter Storms Cancels Thousands of Weekend Flights, 100+ at MCO

As another winter storm rages across the North East, airlines find themselves canceling thousands of flights once again. Over 3,000, to be exact, including over 150 in and out of Orlando International Airport.

According to WESH2,

Boston’s Logan airport, which is a hub city for JetBlue and Delta Air Lines, has 300 cancellations. For Saturday, JetBlue has axed 50% of its schedule. About 17% of American’s schedule and 18% of United’s schedule for Saturday has also been canceled.

Republic Airways, a feeder carrier that operates flights under the names American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express, has canceled 60% of its schedule Saturday.

New York airports, including John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, have more than 600 cancellations combined. Both of those airports have sizable operations for Delta, JetBlue and American. Newark Liberty in New Jersey, which is United’s hub, has 267 cancellations.

Delta, JetBlue and United both have issued travel waivers allowing travelers flying from multiple East Coast airports to rebook without paying the fare difference.

According to FlightAware.com, as of 5:30 pm ET on Friday, January 28, this number includes 84 flights that were destined for MCO and another 72 set to fly out of MCO. 4 Sunday MCO departures and 13 arrivals are also already canceled. The flight tracker does not list specifics, however, it is very likely that these cancelations could be due to a northeastern origin or destination, or the inability to get aircraft to MCO because of other cancellations.

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While MCO does not play host to an airline hub, it hosts gates for several airlines like Delta, United, American, Jet Blue, and Southwest.

This is not the first time winter storms have caused flight cancellations and delays that potentially affect people’s Disney trips. Just a few weeks ago, we covered a similar story. Click the link below to read our coverage on that.

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

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on this transportation issue as more information comes to light. In the meantime, if you are planning to fly in and out of MCO this weekend, please be sure to monitor your flight status.

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“This storm is likely to strengthen at a rate, and to an intensity, equivalent to only the most powerful hurricanes, so the high-end potential of this storm cannot be overstated,” CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. “But with nor’easters, like in real estate, it will all come down to location, location, location.”

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About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.