Winter storm hitting east coast causes flight delays, cancellations

Dozens of flights leave LAX every day for east coast destinations.
Dozens of flights leave LAX every day for east coast destinations.

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If you’re flying to the east coast, check your flight’s status before heading to the airport.A late winter storm that hit the Midwest first is hitting the east coast today, and that’s causing delays or cancellations of a lot of flights.    

The storm caused the cancellation of more than a thousand flights at Chicago’s two main airports and hundreds of flights at each of the major airports in the Washington, DC area.  The Federal Aviation Administration's map of flight delays reported some flights into Philadelphia were delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours, and into Newark, the delay was almost two hours.

Dozens of flights leave Los Angeles International Airport each day for those destinations, and a few flights depart each day for Newark out of Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. Spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said passengers on those flights should make sure to keep in touch with their airlines.

“In addition, people that are traveling across the country maybe through Atlanta or Chicago could experience some sort of delay if their ultimate destination is on the east coast,” Wedge said, adding that airlines already do a lot to keep their passengers informed of any flight changes.

Most airlines are giving travelers a chance to change plans without charge if the storm has affected their flight.