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Winter Storm Air Passengers

Winter Storm Air Passengers - The winter storm that snarled thousands of flights and disrupted air travelers the day after Christmas continued to cause cancellations and delays here and at airports along the Eastern Seaboard on Monday.
At Philadelphia International Airport, 600 departing and arriving flights were canceled Monday as the ripple effect of the snowfall bogged down travel plans, even to destinations under sunny skies.

Jim and Mary Beth Ferrie and sons Jonathan, 22, and Brendan, 19, from Sparta, N.J., spent a second day trying to get to New Orleans to begin a cruise to Belize and Cozumel that was to leave at 4 p.m. Monday.

Winter Storm Air Passengers

After their flight Sunday from Newark was scrubbed, the family - joined by friends from Scotch Plains, N.J. - drove to Philadelphia and rebooked on an 11 a.m. US Airways Group Inc. flight to New Orleans. But that was canceled, too.

"We were at the gate, 45 minutes from boarding, and they canceled the flight," said a frustrated Mary Beth Ferrie. "We are trying to find another flight. This is like Chevy Chase's Christmas vacation."

On Monday night, incoming flights were delayed an average of 2 hours, 59 minutes, the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.

The air-travel picture for Tuesday and beyond is unclear.

"We haven't gotten any estimates from the airlines," airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. "The airlines' goal was to get back to normal operations and continue that Tuesday."

Winter Storm Air Passengers


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