Even though snowstorm-related travel bans were lifted in New York and New Jersey Tuesday morning, many East Coast airports were still reporting thousands of canceled flights and hundreds of delays due to a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow as it barreled down on the region.
By 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 4,704 flights in the United States had been canceled and 594 more were delayed, according to the flight tracking site FlightStats.
Most major airlines are allowing customers whose flights are canceled in the next few days to book new flights without paying a penalty. Customers ticketed on flights to dozens of Eastern airports are generally eligible for the allowance, though specific terms vary by airline.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Miami International Airport reported 106 canceled flights (56 arrivals and 50 departures) and two delayed flights due to the severe weather in the New York area, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiport had 121 cancellations and 22 delays late Tuesday morning.
“I think we’re maxed out at this point unless the storm does something crazy,” said Gregory Meyer, a spokesman for the airport. “Our expectations are that things are going to get better.”
Miami Herald staff writer Hannah Sampson contributed to this report.