Blizzard begins to eat into Thursday’s flight schedule at PBIA

March 07, 2018
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A storm in the Northeast is causing havoc at Palm Beach International Airport. (The Palm Beach Post file photo)

Wednesday was not an easy day to fly from Palm Beach International Airport to destinations in the Northeast thanks to a monster blizzard.

Thursday isn’t shaping up to be a lot better.

As of Wednesday afternoon, a total of 11 departing and arriving flights at PBIA to and from airports along the East Coast have already been scrubbed, according to FlightAware.

Cancellations piled up Wednesday at PBIA as a huge snowstorm pounded the Northeast.

As of midday, 35 flights scheduled to depart PBIA for destinations in New England and other East Coast states had been wiped out.

JetBlue is the carrier most impacted by cancellations at PBIA, with 17, including two flights scheduled to depart Thursday morning to Logan International Airport in Boston and two others that were destined for JFK Airport in New York City.

Palm Beach International's website shows cancellations and delays caused by the storm in the Northeast. Go to http://www.pbia.org/flight-status/departing/ for flight information. (Courtesy of PBIA)

The 35 cancellations Wednesday at PBIA rank as the 14th-most at any U.S. airport. But woes at PBIA are dwarfed by the washed-out schedules at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, which were forced to ground more than half of their departing flights.

Another 30 flights set to land at PBIA Wednesday and Thursday from airports in the Northeast also have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International also has had its schedule thrown into chaos by the massive winter storm. More than 90 flights slated to take off or land in Fort Lauderdale have been wiped out.

Miami International Airport has seen fewer cancellations than its neighbors in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with a total of 37 inbound or outbound flights cancelled, according to FlightAware.

Passengers heading to cities impacted by the storm are urged to contact their airlines before going to the airport.