NYC Flight Cancellations: Snow Storm Grounds 800 Planes

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QUEENS, NY — Airlines canceled nearly 800 flights at New York City regional airports on Friday and Saturday as a major nor'easter threatened high winds and powerful snowfall region-wide.

Half of all regional cancellations on Friday are at LaGuardia Airport, where nearly 150 flights are grounded as of 9 a.m., according to the data-tracking service Flight Aware. More than 70 flights are canceled at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark International Airport as well.

The cancellations come as flurries of snow began to fall on Friday morning, but the storm could reach near "blizzard conditions" in NYC on Saturday, with 45 mph winds and snowfall of a foot or more prompting even more flight cancellations (and leading some forecasters to warn of a so-called "bomb cyclone").

On Saturday, airlines grounded over 200 aircrafts at Newark International Airport and 130-plus flights at both LGA and JFK, Flight Aware data shows.

These cancellations come after a month of turmoil for airlines, which grounded hundreds of New York metro area flights over the holidays, citing coronavirus-related labor shortages, and hundreds more in early January due to another storm.

Related Article: NYC Weather: Snow Arrives Friday Morning

This article originally appeared on the Astoria-Long Island City Patch

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