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Latest Winter Storm: Nearly 2,300 Flight Cancellations

March 3, 2014

By The Associated Press

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NEW YORK - Airlines canceled nearly 2,300 flights Monday as the latest winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast.

The hardest hit cities were Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. All flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport have been halted.

On Sunday, airlines scrapped nearly 2,000 flights in Dallas, Chicago and Houston, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. There are more than 30,000 flights in the United States on a typical day.

It`s been a daunting winter for air travelers. Airlines have canceled more than 87,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, a record number.

Carriers are now much more likely to cancel flights at the first sign of bad weather. For instance, more than 550 flights to and from New York were canceled Monday, even though the city only got a light dusting of snow. Original forecasts had called for much higher snow totals.

Passengers on New York-based JetBlue were among the hardest hit, with the airline scrapping 23 percent of its flights, according to FlightAware. The overwhelming majority of JetBlue flights leave from Boston, New York or Washington D.C. making the airline especially prone to cancellations when a storm hits the Northeast. US Airways and the regional airlines it contracts with along the East Coast also had a high percent of cancellations.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: Snow falls at the White House in Washington, Monday, March. 3, 2014, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather. Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

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