January 24, 2016 11:03 am
Updated: January 24, 2016 2:39 pm

Major East Coast airports in US slowly resume service after storm

Flight boards at O'Hare International Airport show cancellations Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Chicago.

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Airports in Washington, New York City and Baltimore were slowly resuming service Sunday, a day after a punishing blizzard brought transportation to a standstill along the East Coast.

More than 11,000 flights were cancelled between Friday and Monday as states from New England to North Carolina wrestled with a massive snow dump.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says more than half of flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport have been cancelled, as have about 85 per cent of flights at LaGuardia Airport. The airports both got more than two feet of snow.

READ MORE: Snowed-in US East Coast prepares to dig out after massive snowstorm

From a percentage standpoint, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport hit the high mark of 79 per cent of its flights cancelled, said FlightAware, a flight tracking service.

All told, 3,359 flights scheduled for Sunday and 635 flights for Monday had been cancelled, according to FlightAware. With 3,100 flights failing to take off Friday and 4,511 being grounded on Saturday, the total of flights grounded was 11,605 for the four-day period.

United Airlines said via Twitter that it plans to start “very limited operations” at Newark and other New York City metro airports Sunday afternoon. Operations at Dulles International Airport and DC metro airports are suspended through Sunday “and plan to gradually resume Monday,” the airline tweeted.

Officials at Philadelphia International Airport say they plan to “gradually” resume operations Sunday following the massive weekend storm.

The storm, which brought an entire season’s worth of snowfall to the city over two days, prompted cancellation of all flights into and out of Philadelphia on Saturday.

READ MORE: Blizzard dumps snow across eastern U.S.

All major airlines issued waivers for travel over the weekend, allowing passengers to rebook onto earlier or later flights to avoid the storms.

Passengers looking to cancel trips should wait until the airline officially calls off the flight. Airlines have been much more proactive in recent years about cancelling flights, often doing so up to a day in advance. More travellers are affected, but they aren’t stuck waiting in airports. It also lets airlines restart the system quicker because they have planes and crews in place.

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