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Lingering flight delays remain in the wake of US blizzard

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Sonny McManus (right) of Nashville, Tennessee, waits in line to reschedule her flight at Miami International Airport, after her flight to Nashville was cancelled.


Nearly 1,510 flights remain delayed or cancelled in the aftermath of a massive weekend blizzard that slammed into the eastern US, wreaking havoc on travel in the nation's busiest cities.

But that was a big improvement from the 3,100 flights that failed to take off Friday and 4,511 being grounded on the weekend during the height of the storm.

Yesterday, airports in the New York City and Washington, DC metro areas were the hardest hit. Newark Liberty International lists 247 cancelled flights and eight delays as of yesterday morning, the most of any US airport, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. Meanwhile, LaGuardia lists 143 cancelled flights and three delays, with John F. Kennedy airport listing 43 cancellations and 15 delays.

In Washington DC, Washington Dulles International listed 127 cancellations and three delays, making it the third-worst affected airport in the nation. Reagan National had 115 cancellations. Baltimore/Washington Intern-ational listed 74 cancellations and 4 delayed.

The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington, DC to New York City. At least 31 people have died as a result of the snowstorm. The deaths occurred in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning, and from heart attacks while shovelling snow.