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Toronto Pearson, Halifax flights cancelled amid storms in northeast U.S., Maritimes

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  •   02-13-2024  9:47 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Toronto Pearson, Halifax flights cancelled amid storms in northeast U.S., Maritimes
Winter weather in the northeastern U.S. and Maritimes is impacting air travel today (Feb. 13). (File photo/X/@AirCanada)
Pax Global Media

A powerful winter storm sweeping across the U.S. northeast is forcing some airlines to cancel flights departing and arriving in Canada.

Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) posted an alert on the social media platform X on Tuesday (Feb. 13), saying that the snowstorm may impact flights to and from New York, New Jersey and Boston.

"Airlines have cancelled eight flights from Toronto Pearson to LaGuardia today. At this time, 16 flights are still scheduled to depart for LaGuardia from Toronto Pearson," Canada's largest airport wrote at 9:40 a.m. EST. 

As well, north of the border, Environment Canada says a storm is expected to bring 15 to 25 cm of snow to the Maritimes later Tuesday afternoon.

So far, airlines have cancelled eight scheduled flights today from Toronto Pearson to Halifax Stanfield and four flights from Halifax to Toronto Pearson, Pearson says.

Click here for Pearson’s latest departure updates. 

“Here we go again…more snow for Nova Scotia,” Halifax Stanfield airport (YHZ) wrote on social media on Monday (Feb. 12), advising air travellers flying out on Tuesday or Wednesday to check the status of their flight.

Winter Storm Lorraine

The weather system in the U.S. has been named “Winter Storm Lorraine” by The Weather Channel, which says the storm will strengthen through Tuesday as it spreads snow and winds into the U.S. northeast.

The National Weather Service for New York, NY on Tuesday was reporting snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour in some areas.

Radar footage of Winter Storm Lorraine. (The Weather Channel)

“This will likely shift south into the NYC metro and Long Island over the next couple of hours,” the agency wrote on social media. “Use extra caution or simply avoid travel if possible this morning!”

New York City could get walloped with eight inches of snow, with a foot or more possible in Boston, reports say.

As of 6:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, U.S.-based airlines have cancelled more than 1,011 flights, according to FlightAware.

JetBlue represents most of the cancellations, with 156 scrapped flights (or 19 per cent of its schedule).

At New York's LaGuardia, Boston Logan International and Newark Liberty International airports, more than 900 flights have either been delayed or cancelled, according to Flightaware.

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines are among the carriers issuing waivers to give travellers some flexibility to change their tickets ahead of the storm, USA Today reports.

Canadian airlines respond

Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy to make it easier for customers travelling on an affected flight to make changes to their booking without penalty (space permitting).

The flexible policy applies to U.S. destinations (like New York, Boston and Philadelphia) and Canadian ones, such as Halifax and Fredericton (click here to see the complete list).

WestJet, too has activated flexible rebooking terms for flights to New York and cities in Atlantic Canada. Click here to see the options.

Porter Airlines, which flies to Newark, NJ, Boston and Atlantic Canada, has also posted flexible options for impacted travellers. Click here to review them.

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