Snow! Airlines begin waiving change fees ahead of new winter storm


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a train covered in snow: Whenever a major storm is forecasted, out come the de-icing crews and travel waivers.

Airlines are waiving change fees ahead of the latest winter storm that could affect air travel.

The nation’s four biggest airlines – American, Delta, Southwest and United – were all among the carriers issuing flexible rebooking waivers for airports in the Midwest. JetBlue and  Sun Country also were waiving fees as of Friday morning. 

The waivers come as a strong winter storm is expected to sweep through the upper Midwest this weekend, with current forecasts calling for blizzard conditions across parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The airline waivers now in place cover travel for Saturday and Sunday, when the worst of the weather is expected.

American’s policy covers 16 airports across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Delta’s waiver covers more than two dozen airports in the same region. Included is its busy hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul.

United’s policy includes 19 airports in the north-central USA.

At Southwest, Saturday and Sunday flights from Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee are covered by its waivers.

The exact details of the waivers vary by carrier, although they have generally allowed customers flying through the covered airports to make one change to the itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fares.

TODAY IN THE SKY: The world’s 20 busiest airports (2017)

Slide 1 of 21: 1. Atlanta (ATL): 103,902,992 passengers (down 0.3%). Rank in 2016: 1st. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 2 of 21: 20. Denver (DEN): 61,379,396. Rank in 2016: 18th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 3 of 21: 19. Seoul/Incheon (ICN): 62,157,834 (up 7.5%). Rank in 2016: 20th.(Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 4 of 21: 18. Singapore Changi (SIN): 62,220,000 (up 6%). Rank in 2016: 17th.(Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 5 of 21: 17. Jakarta/Soekarno-Hatta (CGK): 63,015,620 (up 8.3%). Rank in 2016: 19th.(Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 6 of 21: 15. Istanbul Atatürk (IST): 63,872,283 (up 6%). Rank in 2016: 14th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 7 of 21: 14. Frankfurt (FRA): 64,500,386 (up 6.1%). Rank in 2016: 13th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 8 of 21: 12. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 67,092,194 (up 2.3%). Rank in 2016: 11th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 9 of 21: 11. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS): 68,515,425 (up 7.7%). Rank in 2016: 12th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 10 of 21: 16. New Delhi(DEL): 63,451,503 (up 14.1%). Rank in 2016: 22nd. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 11 of 21: 13. Guangzhou, China (CAN): 65,887,473 (up 10.3%). Rank in 2016: 15th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 12 of 21: 9. Shanghai Pudong (PVG): 70,001,237 (up 6.1%). Rank in 2016: 9th.(Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 13 of 21: 10. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG): 70,001,237 (up 6.1%).Rank in 2016: 10th.(Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 14 of 21: 8. Hong Kong (HKG): 72,663,955 (up 3.4%). Rank in 2016: 8th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 15 of 21: 6. Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 79,828,183 (up 2.4%). Rank in 2016: 6th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 16 of 21: 7. London Heathrow (LHR): 78,014,598 (up 3%). Rank in 2016: 7th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 17 of 21: 5. Los Angeles (LAX): 84,557,968 (up 4.5%). Rank in 2016: 4th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 18 of 21: 4. Tokyo Haneda (HND): 85,408,975 (up 6.5%). Rank in 2016: 5th. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 19 of 21: 3. Dubai International (DXB): 88,242,099 (up 5.5%). Rank in 2016: 3rd. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 20 of 21: 2. Beijing (PEK): 95,786,442 passengers (up 1.5%). Rank in 2016: 2nd. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)
Slide 21 of 21: 1. Atlanta (ATL): 103,902,992 passengers (down 0.3%). Rank in 2016: 1st. (Data: Airports Council International, for full-year 2017)

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