Airlines cancel 1200 flights ahead of major snowstorm

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USA airlines have canceled several thousand flights through Tuesday, March 14, as a winter storm heads toward the Northeast.

Several airlines have canceled almost 1,200 flights scheduled across the United States on Tuesday in advance of a winter storm that could dump 20 inches of snow across parts of New Jersey.

Hawaiian Airlines canceled today's flights in both directions between Honolulu and John F. Kennedy Airport in NY due to Winter Storm Stella.

With a snowstorm also blanketing Chicago with 3-6 inches of snow on Monday, it's all adding up to a travel nightmare for much of the USA, which means your plane to somewhere is probably going nowhere. Flights from Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham are also canceled through mid-morning, along with arrivals from many other cities.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Dozens of flights at Central Florida airports have been canceled or delayed as a potentially risky winter storm slams the Northeast. The airline has a hub at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport.

"This policy also applies to American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair flights on these routes", says BA.

The airline says it's making every effort to contact and re-accommodate customers on all cancelled flights.

Most of the airlines have offered some sort of compensation or fee waiver/free rebook program for flights affected for today and Tuesday: American airlines is offering customers with tickets to or from affected airports to change their dates to March 15 or 17 depending, without fees. For Tuesday, almost 120 flights had already been scrapped by Sunday afternoon with hundreds more likely to come.

More than 8,600 flights were cancelled nationwide, with 6,227 of said flights being cancelled on Tuesday alone. Stella is expected to impact travel from eastern Wisconsin to the Atlantic, and rain and snow is forecasted to cause delays, road closures, school closures, and cancellations from North Carolina into ME, covering a distance of more than 1,000 miles.

Southwest said it has cancelled more than 1,300 flights until Wednesday.