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Delta operations are continuing to stabilize after a challenging winter storm hit airports along the Northeast and mid-Atlantic Wednesday.

Wednesday’s irregular operation caused a total of approximately 168,000 minutes of delays, making it in the top ten of irregular operations recorded in Delta’s history—just under April 2017’s Spring Break IROP. Despite the challenging weather Wednesday, causing flight disruptions at many of the airline’s hubs, Delta still managed to rank number one in mainline completion factor at 99.6 percent and third in network completion factor at 93.95 percent.

Momentum is expected to build throughout the day Thursday as recovery efforts continue with improving weather forecasted for the remainder of the week. As of Thursday morning, Delta had approximately 24 residual flight cancellations on the books as a result of Wednesday’s weather. No additional cancellations are expected.

While the storm challenged airport operations in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, Delta employees worked hard, despite the conditions, to keep customers safe.

The airline canceled approximately 280 flights Wednesday across the system and diverted 45 others as a result of the storm.

Update Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. ET

Delta teams are planning for an operational recovery Thursday after a winter storm brought snow and mixed precipitation to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Wednesday.

The airline cancelled approximately 250 Delta and Delta Connection regional flights as a result of winter weather, which spanned from the Upper Midwest up into the New England area. Additional schedule adjustments are possible into the evening as the system moves off the Atlantic coast.

Snowfall transitioned to rain after three inches accumulated in the Washington D.C. area, while light to moderate snow continues in the New York metro area Wednesday afternoon. As temperatures rise along the coast, the precipitation is forecasted to switch over to a rain event in the evening hours.

Customers are encouraged to check their flight status on Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App. Customers can also get updates sent directly to their mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.

Update Wednesday, 11 a.m. ET

A weather waiver remains in effect for cities in the path of the winter system as it continues east, bringing snow and mixed precipitation to the D.C. and New York metro areas Wednesday.

Delta has proactively cancelled approximately 150 Delta Connection regional flights ahead of inclement weather spanning across the eastern third of the U.S., with additional schedule adjustments likely as the system develops through the day.

The airline’s Meteorology team in Delta’s Operations & Customer Center are keeping a watchful eye on the timing of the winter precipitation as it moves up in the New England area Wednesday evening and eventually offshore. Temperatures are forecasted to rise as the system moves towards the Atlantic coast, turning snow showers for D.C., New York and Boston to rain during the overnight hours. 

Customers are encouraged to check their flight status on Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App. Customers can also get updates sent directly to their mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.

Update Tuesday, 2 p.m. ET

Delta has proactively issued a weather waiver for cities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions ahead of a winter system sweeping east from the Central Plains.

The waiver allows customers with travel scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 20, through cities in the New York metros and Washington D.C. airports, the ability to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee.

Delta’s Meteorology team in the airline’s Operations & Customer Center is keeping an eye on the expansive storm, which is forecasted to bring frozen and mixed precipitation to the Mid-Atlantic area Wednesday morning and into the Northeast region by the afternoon.

The D.C. area will likely see up to 4 inches in the region, while the New York area is expected get 1-3 of inches of snow before switching to ice pellets as temperatures along the coast warm up in the afternoon hours and overnight into Thursday. Delta’s operations teams are evaluating possible flight schedule adjustments for Wednesday, with Delta Connection regional flight cancellations likely as the storm approached the east coast.

Delta’s Minneapolis and Detroit hubs will also feel some effects from the weather system, with four to six inches of snow accumulating in MSP through the day Wednesday, and trace accumulations in DTW during the afternoon hours. The airline does not anticipate significant impact at either hub, but is monitoring operations closely together with the latest forecast model data.

Customers are encouraged to check their flight status on Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App. Customers can also get updates sent directly to their mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.

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