Winter storm causes thousands of flight cancellations along East Coast


The powerful winter storm pummeling the East Coast resulted in thousands of canceled flights, leaving passengers stranded at airports across the USA - including in Los Angeles.

New York's LaGuardia and JFK International airports officially closed on Thursday afternoon due to the storm, according to the FAA.

"Plattsburgh International Airport remains open but check with the airlines for the status of your flight".

However, after being diverted to Dulles, several passengers on Aerolineas Argentinas Flight 1300 from Buenos Aires to NY said they were held on the tarmac for several hours after landing at around noon on Thursday. Amtrak planned to operate a modified schedule between NY and Boston on Thursday.

The massive winter storm dealt a crippling blow to airports along the North East. The flight-tracking site FlightAware reported almost 4,800 canceled flights across the United States. Delta, American and Virgin also canceled flights heading to major cities along the East Coast.

Many JetBlue passengers were stuck on the tarmac for about three hours Thursday morning. All told, the airline said it and its regional partners have canceled more than 1,2000 flights because of the storm.

Air Canada, Porter Airlines and WestJet have all issued travel advisories for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick as well as USA destinations Boston and NY.

She suggested: "I think it's just always good to be prepared before you come out to the airport, just to allow plenty of time whether or not your flight has been cancelled or delayed". AirTrain JFK is suspended and part of AirTrain Newark is not running, Port Authority officials said.

The snow and high winds forced dozens of New York-bound flights to be diverted to Washington's Dulles International and other airports.

There were no reports of passengers being stranded in terminals because of cancellations but many were staring at airline schedule monitors wondering if they would be spending another night in South Florida.

Almost 900 flights already canceled for Friday around the county.