Over 1,700 US flights canceled the day after Christmas
Dec 26, 2022, 9:30 AM | Updated: 9:45 am
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(CNN) — In the wake of dangerously cold temperatures and winter weather across the nation, air transportation cancellations and delays continue to impact travelers Monday.
More than 1,730 flights within, into or out of the US had already been canceled by 11 a.m. ET Monday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware, while 3,016 flights had been delayed.
The post-holiday travel chaos is affecting much of the country, with the site reporting the most arrival cancellations at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, followed by Denver International Airport, Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
Road travel remained treacherous in parts of the US due to extreme wintry conditions. In New York state’s western Erie County, emergency restrictions on driving were lifted in some communities but remained in place in Buffalo, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said on Monday.
A winter storm that swept across the United States was ill-timed for travelers who had started pushing Christmas week flying numbers back toward pre-pandemic levels.
On Sunday, Christmas saw 3,178 flights canceled and 6,870 flight delays.
On Christmas Eve, there were a total of 3,487 flights canceled, according to FlightAware. Friday was the worst day with 5,934 cancellations, while Thursday saw almost 2,700 cancellations.
This megablast of winter weather across the eastern two-thirds of the nation is forecast to slowly moderate this week.