February 9, 2017 1:56 am
Updated: February 9, 2017 11:14 pm

Over 3,200 flights cancelled in Canada and the U.S. amid winter storm

WATCH ABOVE: It's been a virtually snowless winter on the U.S. east coast. But after record-setting warmth yesterday, a massive Nor'easter moved in, dumping over 30 centimetres of snow in some areas. Mike Drolet reports.



  • More than half of flights into or out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Newark International Airport in New Jersey and Boston Logan International airport were canceled Thursday due to the winter storm.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport has cancelled all flights.
  • In the U.S., more than 3,200 flights were cancelled, according to Reuters.
  • As of Thursday afternoon, 100 flights within, into, or out of the U.S. at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport had been cancelled and 18 were delayed, according to Flightaware.com.
  • Canadians traveling into, or out of the U.S. Thursday are being asked to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

North American air travellers are having a bumpy Thursday as over 3,200 flights have been cancelled amid a winter storm, according to tracking site FlightAware.

The trouble began Wednesday night, with a report of 2,840 trips cancelled as of 9 p.m. PT. A number of those flights travel through Canadian airports.

WATCH BELOW: Winter storm dumps 35 cm of snow on parts of Atlantic Canada

One hundred flights have been cancelled in or out of Toronto-Pearson International Airport and another 55 have been called off out of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the site said.

Here are some more Canadian airports that had outgoing flights cancelled:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 12
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport: 9
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport: 8
  • St. John’s International Airport: 4
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport: 4

Flights into the following airports were also cancelled:

  • Toronto-Pearson International Airport: 46
  • Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport: 23
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 18
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport: 10
  • Calgary International Airport: 7
  • Vancouver International Airport: 7
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport: 6
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport: 4

None of these airports, however, are being hit as hard as facilities in Boston and New York.

New York’s Newark Liberty Airport has seen 330 flights cancelled, while LaGuardia has had 301 cancellations. John F. Kennedy International has cancelled all flights.

Meanwhile, Boston’s Logan International Airport has seen 325 cancellations.

READ MORE: Snow blankets Greater Toronto Area

The cancellations happened as a winter storm is expected to bring as much as a foot of snow to parts of the northeastern U.S.

It is set to begin with rain in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Thursday morning before it turns to snow as people travel to work.

WATCH: A winter storm warning will be in effect for much of Massachusetts starting at 6 Thursday morning. The storm system will bring significant snow and wind to parts of southern New England on Thursday. 

Parts of the Boston area and Maine are projected to have as much as a foot-and-a-half of snow dumped on them, while New York could see eight inches to a foot of snow and the Philadelphia area four to eight inches.

Schools have been closed in New York, Boston and Philadelphia in preparation for the storm.

– With files from The Associated Press

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