Cancelled flights: Thousands of passengers affected as US snowstorm batters states – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesNovember 26, 2018 1:58 pm Categorised in: Travel News
US passengers face a day of turmoil after more than 900 flights were cancelled yesterday ahead of the snowstorm, dubbed Storm Bruce, battering the country.
According to flight-tracking website Flight Aware, hundreds of flights have been grounded at Chicago airports including Chicago O’Hare, a large hub for United and American Airlines.
Today, 230 flights have been cancelled to and from Chicago O’Gare and Chicago Midway thanks to the storm.
Hundreds of flights were affected to and from Kansas City with many flights also delayed.
Airlines which have been affected have confirmed passengers will not be charged to change their flight plans due to the storm – what is the latest update?
Passengers travelling with American Airlines will have the date-change fee waived when heading to a number of cities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri.
Updated on November 24, anyone who bought their ticket by November 23 and is scheduled to travel until today, can change their date until November 30.
The city of origin or destination must stay the same, as must the flight class.
The American airline will also waive any fees to change the date up until November 30 if travel was to take place between November 24 and 26.
Nearly 30 cities across the mid-west states have been affected by the travel waiver.
Other airlines such as Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines will also not charge passengers an additional fare to change their ticket date up until the later this week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Chicago has issued a warning with people urged not to drive in the current conditions.
A number of power lines have been downed on many roads across the state resulting in road closures.
The NWS tweeted: “We continue to get numerous reports of thundersnow. Please reminder, just because it is snowing, does not diminish the dangers from lightning.
“Remember, if you’re close enough to hear thunder or see lightning, you should seek shelter indoors! Shovelling or snow blowing can wait!”
Passengers should contact their airline directly if planning to travel to any of the affected states.
They may not be covered if they are travelling later this week as the snowstorm passes over, yet delays are still possible.
Despite passengers in the EU being able to claim compensation for flights delayed more than three hours, this is not the same in the US.
US flights are not required to compensate passengers by law if the flight is delayed.
The only valid complaint in regard to compensation is if a passenger is bumped from an oversold flight.