CLEVELAND - Delta Airlines canceled all of it's flights from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to New York's LaGuardia and JFK Airports on Friday.
This comes ahead of a blizzard that is bearing down on the East Coast for the weekend, from Pennsylvania to Maine.
More than 3,000 flights have been canceled to and from Boston, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New York for Friday.
United Airlines said it has canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm. Delta Air Lines canceled 740. American Airlines was scrapping about 200, according to airline tracking website FlightAware.
American Airlines also canceled several flights in and out of Cleveland.
New England could get smacked with up to two feet of snow, while New York City is under a blizzard warning for as much as a foot or more.
The airports with the most cancellations are Newark Liberty, New York's LaGuardia and JFK and Boston's Logan International in that order.
Airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers flying in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.
In recent years airlines have tried to get ahead of big storms by canceling flights in advance rather than crossing their fingers that they could operate in bad weather. Travelers can still face dayslong delays in getting home, but the advanced cancellations generally mean they get more notice and can wait out the storm at home or a hotel, rather than on a cot at the airport.
In addition reservation systems have been programmed to automatically rebook passengers when flights are canceled. And travelers now receive notifications by email, phone or text message.
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