5,400 flights axed since Monday; airlines begin recovery

Air travelers faced a third consecutive day of disruptions on Wednesday, though the worst appeared to be over.

More than 1,100 flights had been canceled nationwide as of 7:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday,according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.com. That follows about 3,260 flight cancellationson Tuesday and another 1,030 on Monday

, putting the week's cumulative cancellation tally at about 5,400 flights since Monday.

The hardest hit airport on Wednesday is Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world's busiest airport and the top hub for Delta Air Lines.

More than 215 departures and more than 225 arrivals had been canceled there as of 7:50 a.m. ET. That's partly fallout from Atlanta's problems on Tuesday, when more than 930 combined arrivals and departures were canceled. Many of Wednesday morning's cancellations are the results of planes or crew being out of position from Tuesday's disruption.

Schedules in Atlanta are likely to recover through Wednesday as Delta and other airlines begin work planes and crews back into their regular schedules. Still, it could take airlines 24 to 48 hours – perhaps longer – to accommodate all of the fliers whose plans have been disrupted by this week's wintry weather.

That's also true nationwide, where delays and cancellations snarled thousands of flights at other key airports as well.

Houston Bush Intercontinental and Chicago O'Hare airports each were hit with hundreds of cancellations, and dozens of other airports from Nebraska to Texas to Florida and the Carolinas have had substantial portions of their schedules scrubbed as a result of the storm.

Chicago Midway, Cleveland, Charlotte, Houston Hobby, Raleigh/Durham and Dallas/Fort Worth were all among a long list of airports where at least 10% of flights were canceled on Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

At New Orleans, for example, more than 70% of the airport's flights were canceled Tuesday and more than 40% were grounded at the Pensacola and Baton Rouge airports.


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