Summer Storms Could Wreak Havoc for Weekend Travelers in the Northeast

Jul 6, 2019

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Summer storms are taking aim at major airports across the Northeastern US as travelers head home following the Fourth of July holiday. The storms, some of which are predicted to be severe, have prompted Delta to issue a travel waiver to minimize flight disruptions for passengers traveling through New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

While the Northeast is no stranger to summer storms, the latest round of inclement weather comes during one of the busiest times of the year for travel. Travelers passing through some of the nation’s busiest airports can expect lengthy delays and cancellations as storms make their way through the region.

The multiday weather event is predicted to take aim at major metro areas starting on Saturday and will persist into Sunday, tapering off in the evening. The storms are expected to bring torrential downpours, strong winds and hail to the Northeast.

Widespread storms, some severe are expected to take aim at some of the nation's busiest airports this weekend. (Image via The Weather Channel)
Widespread storms, some severe are expected to take aim at some of the nation’s busiest airports this weekend. (Image via The Weather Channel)

As of 4 p.m. local time Saturday, only Delta Air Lines had issued a travel waiver through the evening allowing passengers to make changes to their itinerary free of charge. Though storms are expected to be widespread, Delta’s waiver only applies to the New York City area.

Delta NYC Travel Waiver

Cities/Airports: Travel Dates Eligible: Travel By: Ticket Purchased On or Before:
  • New York (JFK)
  • New York (LGA)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Newburgh, NY (SWF)
  • White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • July 6, 2019
  • July 9
  • July 9


Though Delta is the only airline offering an official travel waiver, other airlines may allow changes to itineraries on a case-by-case basis. We recommend contacting airlines either via social media or over the phone prior to arriving at the airport to see if your itinerary is eligible for waived change fees.

Already as of this afternoon, some New York City airports including New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR) are experiencing departure delays averaging 105 minutes. New York-LaGuardia is currently the only airport in the region experiencing excessive arrival delays as well, with arriving flights delayed an average of 50 minutes. Philadelphia (PHL) and Boston (BOS) are experiencing minor delays at the moment, however, average delay times are increasing as storms begin to build up around the region.

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Featured image of a May 2019 storm in New York City by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

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