Check with your airline: Flight cancellations for Monday are stacking up


Airlines are starting to cancel flights for Monday following the historic winter storm that walloped the East Coast this weekend.

On Sunday morning, the flight-tracking website FlightAware showed 657 flights had already been canceled in the United States for Monday, and that number is expected to go up, according to reports.

Most of the canceled flights are to or from airports in Washington, D.C., or New York City, according to the FlightAware's "misery map." JFK Airport in New York picked up 30.5 inches of snow with this storm, while airports in the D.C. area saw roughly 29 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday, 12 flights scheduled for Monday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had been canceled, FlightAware's website shows. There were 58 canceled flights at MSP Sunday, 66 on Saturday and 56 on Friday.

Passengers are urged to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport and contact your airline if you have questions. If you're flying out of MSP, you can check your flight here.

Major airlines across the country have canceled roughly 10,000 flights since Friday, with the bulk of cancellations involving flights headed to or coming from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C., The Associated Press says.

Delta and other airlines plan to resume flights in New York Sunday, but airports in Washington, D.C. remain closed, the airline said in a news release. Airlines have been issuing passengers winter weather waivers in wake of the storm.

Airlines are expected to need days to catch up after all these cancellations, the AP notes.

Delta crews from MN cleaning up out East

Delta Airlines has sent employees from Minneapolis to the East Coast in an effort to help get everything back on track following the storm, a news release said.

"There's nothing Delta people love more than helping each other," Bill Lentsch, senior vice president of airport customer service, said in the release. "This event is no exception. We have a total of 30 de-ice staff who are flying to Atlanta and the Northeast to help their colleagues with de-icing efforts."

Delta's Minneapolis hub is one of the airline's largest de-icing operations, the airline says in a post on its website. In Minnesota, there's a fleet of 28 vehicles and over 200 ramp agents to help get planes ready and in the air during the long winter.

And every summer, MSP Airport hosts an "intensive training certification program" to teach Delta employees across the country how to de-ice an airplane.

Read more about the de-icing process here.

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