March 3 2014
The winter weather have effected ground travel yet, the air is grounded. The news and reports of the “Storm: Flight cancellations hit 5,000” with the East coast taking the brunt of the impact.
“Airlines have grounded more than 4,500 flights and delayed thousands more since Saturday because of the latest winter storm to snarl flights. Today, was off to an especially rough start for fliers, with nearly 2,500 flight cancellations across the nation as of 12:10 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Most of those cancellations were preemptive, canceled on Sunday by airlines that were reluctant to fly their planes and crews into airports forecast to receive poor weather,” reports USA Today.
Transportation is one of the hardest effects along with power loss. The strength of it infrastructure is integral to the economy as distribution relies on the logistics of ground, air and rail.
“The hardest-hit airport so far Monday was Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), where all flights were grounded as of noon ET Monday as crews worked to clear snow and ice from runways and taxiways. More broadly, Monday’s problems came on the heels of about 2,000 cancellations on Sunday and another 480 on Saturday. Combined, about 5,000 flights have been grounded across the USA during that time.”
- Some airline flights are expected to resume this afternoon, though delays & cancellations will linger throughout day. (2/3) #BWI
- Storms cost airlines, airports and passengers an estimated $5.8 billion. http://usat.ly/1pVxD2P (by @ganjansen)