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With the worst impact over from the fourth Nor'easter in recent weeks, Delta is working quickly to fully resume flights to Northeastern airports by early Thursday afternoon. The New York and Boston areas Wednesday saw several inches of snow along with gusty winds.

Despite cancelling approximately 900 flights Wednesday, pre-storm preparations, which included pre-positioning aircraft and crews away from the storm as well as calling in agents from other airports, allowed Delta in many cases to be the last airline to fly in, and first to operate out of the affected airports.

The efforts of Delta employees working in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center in Atlanta, as well as Delta’s people on the ground not only at the New York and Boston airports but at surrounding airports, proved integral to quickly weathering this storm and resuming flights quickly.

 

6 p.m. Wednesday update:

Delta has cancelled additional flights, bringing the total to approximately 850, as the Northeast endures heavy snowfall as part of its fourth Nor’easter in recent weeks. The storm will disrupt flights at Delta’s hubs in New York as well as in Boston and other airports along the Northeast coast, with limited flights scheduled Wednesday. Still, Delta teams in the Northeast are working to minimize the impact, including bringing in airport employees from unaffected hubs, while employees in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center in Atlanta are turning their attention to Thursday’s resumption of flights, including returning aircraft that had been pre-positioned away from the storm's path.

Delta issued an expanded winter weather waiver Wednesday morning allowing customers traveling to, from or through affected cities Tuesday through Thursday to make one-time changes to their travel plans without incurring a fee.

Customers are encouraged to check Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the latest flight status updates.

 

6 p.m. Thursday update:

Ahead of the fourth Nor'easter projected to hit the U.S. east coast this month, Delta will cancel approximately 500 mainline and Delta Connection flights. The storm is expected to bring moderate to heavy snow and high winds throughout much of Wednesday.

Cancelling flights before the storm hits is a key part of Delta's strategy to provide customers with more predictability in their travel plans. Delta will also fly aircraft away from storm-impacted airports to prevent them from being covered with snow overnight, enabling the airline to resume flights as soon as weather conditions allow. Similarly, flight crews have been pre-positioned ahead of the storm to be available as soon as the storm passes.

Delta has issued a winter weather waiver allowing customers traveling to, from or through affected cities Tuesday and Wednesday to make one-time changes to their travel plans.

Delta's meteorologists are forecasting 8-10 inches of snow in the Boston area and a possible 10-13 inches in the New York area with potential for light sleet, as two storm systems merge to form a relatively strong Nor'easter.

New York is likely to see moderate snow beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with heavy snowfall expected from 2 to 6 p.m. Boston is expected to see four hours of heavy snowfall beginning at 6 p.m. In addition, Delta teams will be monitoring for potential high winds that could prompt additional flight cancellations.

Customers are encouraged to check Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the latest flight status updates.

 

6 p.m. Monday update:

For the fourth time in the last three weeks, Delta teams are keeping an eye on and preparing for a nor’easter that is forecasted to disrupt operations Wednesday at airports along the U.S. east coast, stretching from Washington D.C. to as far north as Manchester, N.H.

In preparation for the storm, Delta has issued a winter weather waiver that allows customers traveling to, from or through affected cities Tuesday and Wednesday to make one-time changes to their travel plans.

The airline’s team of meteorologists now expect the storm to bring approximately three to six inches of snow to Washington, D.C. with 10 inches possible at the New York metro airports starting in the early morning hours Wednesday and tapering off Wednesday night. Boston could see as much as a foot of snow by the time the storm ends there Thursday. Periods of mixed freezing precipitation are also forecasted.

Ahead of Wednesday’s storm in the Northeast, Delta will proactively cancel flights at the airline’s New York hubs and Boston airport where snow and icy conditions are forecasted. Additional cancellations and flight delays are expected in Boston as well. Details of flight cancellations are forthcoming and customers are encouraged to check Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the latest flight status.

Delta will also strategically re-position aircraft away from northeastern airports, preventing the airplanes from becoming covered by snow, making them available to quickly resume flights once the storm passes.  

This statement was amended on March 20 to include weather related updates. 

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