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November 26, 2014

Over 500 flights cancelled in the U.S. due to northeast storm

The winter weather sweeping through the northeast has caused airlines to cancel over 500 flights on one of the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to FlightStats, 584 flights have been cancelled while almost 2,500 flights have been delayed. The hardest hit airports include New York's LaGuardia, Newark, Washington D.C.'s Reagan and Philadelphia.

American Airlines said it was waiving change fees for customers flying in and out of airports on the East Coast. The airline has cancelled only 10 flights so far but has 97 delays, FlightStats reports. US Airways, which merged with American last year, has 6 cancellations and 108 delayed flights.

"Our operations team is continually monitoring the situation, at this point there are no cancellations because of weather in the northeast," said American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. "There are [air traffic control] programs in place at several of the northeast airports that are cause some delays."

At American's largest hub, Dallas/Fort Worth, FlightStats reports that 14 arrivals and 13 departures have been cancelled and 77 arrivals and 78 departures are delayed.

-Andrea Ahles

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