More than 2,700 flights scrubbed as storm heads to northeast

More than 2,700 flights scrubbed as storm heads to northeast

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte & Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 2:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Airlines have already canceled more than 2,700 Friday flights as they get ready for a storm that threatens to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston.

As of Friday afternoon, around 51 flights out of Charlotte Airport were cancelled.

Most of those fights are to the northeast including LaGuardia Airport, Boston's Logan Airport and JFK Airport. 

About 20 flights out of Charlotte are already canceled for Saturday. 

Many of the travelers NBC Charlotte spoke with Friday morning were still hopeful they would make it to their destination ahead of the big storm, despite the concern.

"Any time that you're in a delay like this it's a pain.  It really is," said John Trexler of Charlotte.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware shows 728 cancellations at the three big airports in the New York area. Another 191 flights to or from Boston have been scrubbed, and 137 in Toronto.

Airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers flying in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.

Airlines try to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they can operate in bad weather.

"Flying early is the key, the storms going to be later on in the evening.  So, I think we'll be safe," said Jeff Bush who was flying to Buffalo.  "We arrive at like at 1:30, so we should be fine."

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