1,500 flights cancelled from JFK and Newark

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Airline cancellations were piling up again Wednesday and Thursday as a strong coastal storm snarled flights in the Northeast for the second time in a week.

Wednesday update: Nor’easter: 2,100+ flight cancellations (and counting)

PREVIOUS POST: Airlines have already begun canceling flights ahead of the latest nor’easter to menace the Northeast.

More than 1,600 flights have been preemptively grounded for Wednesday and another 180 on Thursday, flight-tracking service FlightAware counted as of 10:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Combined, about 500 of those came on JetBlue, which operates its busiest bases at New York JFK and Boston. 

The wave of preemptive cancellations comes as the second powerful nor’easter in a week takes aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Winds aren’t expected to be as strong as in last week’s storm – which forced airlines to cancel 4,000 flights – but snow is expected be heavier and fall over a larger, more populated area.

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Among the cities expected to receive significant snow accumulations are New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

Not surprisingly, many of the preemptive cancellations announced so far have come at airports serving those cities.

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Last modified: March 7, 2018