Airlines cancel flights ahead of snow storm - WKRN News 2

Airlines cancel flights ahead of snow storm

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The big storm heading for the Northeast is already disrupting air travel, with over 2,100 flights canceled for Friday.

United Airlines said it has canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm, Delta Air Lines canceled 740 and American Airlines was scrapping around 200, according to airline tracking Web site FlightAware.

New England is expected to get up to three feet of snow, while New York City is under a blizzard warning for as much as a foot or more.

Additional flights have been canceled through Saturday.

As of Friday morning, there were only a couple flights canceled out of Nashville including to New York and Newark.

Not many passengers were affected at BNA, as many now receive alerts via text and email.

More flights are expected to be canceled throughout Friday.

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

In recent years airlines have tried to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they can operate in bad weather.

Travelers can still face days long delays in getting home, but the advanced cancellations generally mean they get more notice and can wait out the storm at home or a hotel, rather than on a cot at the airport.

In addition, reservation systems have been programmed to automatically rebook passengers when flights are canceled and travelers now receive notifications by email, phone or text message.

The check the latest flight conditions at BNA, visit FlyNashville.com.

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