Gusty Winds Cause Flight Delays and Cancellations Throughout Northeast

Feb 25, 2019

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Gusts of wind up to 62 mph have been causing flight delays at airports throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement Monday morning, Feb. 25, that winds from the mid-Atlantic to New England may lead to air traffic delays in Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR/JFK/LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, DC, area (BWI/DCA/IAD). Clouds could also slow incoming and departing flights to and from San Francisco (SFO).

At the time of publication, no major US airlines have issued change fee waivers for Northeast airports due to the heavy winds. United Airlines, however, has issued a travel waiver for San Francisco’s weather, valid for flights on Monday.

At LaGuardia Airport, so far 89 flights have been delayed with nearly 70 flights canceled completely. The winds also caused officials at Newark to replace the AirTrain operations with buses for the day. They’ve also been urging travelers to allow for extra travel time as a cautionary measure.

Boston (BOS) has also been experiencing wind-related delays, with departures out of BOS into Newark currently delayed more than three and a half hours, and flights into LaGuardia were delayed at BOS for an average of nearly three hours.

The mid-Atlantic and New England aren’t the only airports that have been seeing the effects of the gusty winds. On Sunday, more than 300 flights out of Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports were delayed or canceled. O’Hare even reported 260 cancellations with an average delay of 20 minutes at 5:30pm, Sunday night. Midway reported 128 cancellations.

A high wind warning in New York and surrounding areas will be in effect until 6pm, Monday.

For more information on what flights are being delayed or cancelled, visit the FAA website and search your departing airport. For flight-specific information, the FAA also always recommends travelers check with their air carrier.

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