Central New York, Transportation, Weather

Nor’easter Shuts Down Syracuse Flights

Syracuse Hancock International Airport was nearly empty Wednesday morning with more than 30 flight cancellations. (c): Justin Paura 2018

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Audio Transcript: Nor’easter Shuts Down Syracuse Flights

By Justin Paura  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — It’s the second day of spring, but apparently mother nature doesn’t know that.Over 30 flights at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport were canceled on Wednesday due to another nor’easter hitting the Northeast. This is the fourth major snow storm to hit the area over the last three weeks.

Both arrivals and departures were affected by the regional disaster. All flights coming from and going to New York City and Newark were cancelled before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning along with other flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Some airline companies are trying to aid their customers whose travel plans were soiled. Delta Airlines tweeted that it would issue a travel waiver for Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning that customers could either be fully refunded or be able to change their travel time for free. Southwest Airlines also took to Twitter to send out a link where fliers could check their flight status and make necessary arrangements.

Delta Airlines issued a travel waiver that allows customers with canceled flights to either get their money back or change their flight time for free.

The Syracuse area is not getting bombarded by the latest blizzard, rather it is the southern part of the state and east coast states who are facing the consequences. The original weather update called for Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey to get anywhere from around 6-10 inches of snow. Those states will likely only end up with 4-6 inches by the end of the night, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to slow down by Thursday morning.

Hancock International is not the only airport struggling as there have been thousands of canceled flights across the country, particularly in New York City airports John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia. The past three weeks have featured over two million power outages and several hours of shoveling and snow blowing for disgruntled homeowners.