Flight cancellations and delays, among other transportation challenges, continued to pile up on Christmas Day as much of the U.S. was still battered by a nearly week-long winter storm.
More than 2,200 flights within, in and out of the United States had been canceled as of 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Flights that were still able to depart were delayed nearly 5,800 times. Christmas is traditionally a slow time for passenger flights.
The worst hit on Christmas Day was an airport in the Deep South, a testament to the size and impact of the storm. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest passenger airport in the world with the highest number of cancellations and delays.
Do not. 2 over 1,000 miles away in the Rockies with Denver International.
The Denver international kept a sense of humor amidst tense games, Tweet Or what appears to be an airport worker playing “Jingle Bells” on a violin.
However, the storm’s impact on parts of the west is fading. The temperature at Denver International Airport was well above freezing at 46°F (8°C) at 3:30pm.
Things are still too crude for humor in hardest-hit Western New York.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) tweets It stays closed until 11am. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 – Extended closing originally scheduled to close at 11am on Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in BUF at 3 p.m. ET was 20°F (-7°C), with winds of 24 mph.
The big storm has come at an inopportune time for travelers who have already begun to push Christmas week flying numbers back to pre-pandemic levels.
On Christmas Eve, a total of 3,487 flights were canceled, according to FlightAware. Friday was the worst day, with 5,934 cancellations, compared with nearly 2,700 on Thursday.
The winter weather blast in the eastern two-thirds of the country is expected to ease slowly in the final week of the year. As of 5:30 p.m. ET, there were still more than 260 early cancellations on Monday.
On Sunday morning, Greyhound posted an update on bus service disruptions, primarily on routes in and out of Buffalo, New York, and Syracuse.
If you travel with a Greyhound bus, you can click here for the latest information on your bus.
Amtrak’s last service alert was issued on Friday. It then said the severe weather “caused several Amtrak services and cancellations between now and Sunday, Dec. 25.”
Affected passengers should be able to board trains departing at the same time or on another day, the train company said. You can get the latest Amtrak service alerts about delays by clicking here, or tweet @AmtrakAlerts. Go to @AmtrakNECAlerts for Northeast Alerts.