Delta eyes another Northeast winter system following Minneapolis disruption, Monday

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By Lisa Hellerstedt • posted March 5, 2018 5:19 pm

A winter weather waiver has been issued for customers traveling through Minneapolis/St. Paul Monday as heavy snowfall has disrupted operations throughout the day at Delta’s Twin Cities hub. Delta has canceled approximately 65 Delta Connection regional flights, primarily to airports in the upper Midwest region where heavy snow and icy conditions are forecasted for the day.

This inclement weather comes at the beginning of a new winter storm system that is forecasted to make its way from the Midwest and northern plains east toward the northeast region by Wednesday morning. Delta’s meteorologists and leaders in the airline's Operations and Customer Center are keeping a close eye on this developing system, which is expected to bring snow and may disrupt flights. Delta has also issued a weather waiver for the Northeast and New England airports that will likely be Wednesday and Thursday. Customers are encouraged to check or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the most up-to-date flight status information.

“After coming off of last week’s severe weather event, our teams are well-prepared to tackle this next weather system,” said Henry Kuykendall, Senior Vice President — Northeast Operations. “Our teams in our JFK and LaGuardia hubs, as well as airports throughout the Northeast and across the system, continue to do an outstanding job taking care of our customers and are committed to a safe operation when weather challenges come our way.

This week’s inclement weather in Minneapolis and the Northeast comes on the heels of a particularly severe weather system that brought high winds that exceeded operating limits for teams to safely de-ice aircraft. Delta’s northeast operation successfully rebounded Saturday following the particularly strong winter storm that disrupted flights Friday. Approximately 80 flights were canceled Saturday due to schedule disruptions from earlier in the week. Gusty winds remained a factor in the area over the weekend, but fortunately were not severe enough to cause any further interruptions.

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