Airlines Eyeing Approaching Storms

By Sadie Bass

Dec 22, 2009 1:58pm

ABC's Lisa Stark reports from Washington:

It’s pretty quiet today at the airports, no significant delays or cancelations. The only problems passengers are finding is with long security lines.  But don’t breathe just yet… airlines are keeping a close watch on storms heading to the Rockies and Midwestern U.S.

Delta tells me it is about to issue a weather bulletin allow passengers in 10 states to change tickets without penalty starting today through Dec. 27th. Those states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota.  They are encouraging folks to try to change travel plans to get out ahead of any storms if possible.  Delta has hubs in Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

United too has issued a Midwest travel waiver to encourage customers to fly before the snow and ice arrives.

Southwest has a huge operation at Midway in Chicago (second biggest hub after BWI) and their planners and dispatchers have already “begun the process of preparing for this storm”.

No one has started pre-canceling any flights yet – but stay tuned. That may happen tomorrow.

Denver airport expects to get 1-3 inches of snow tonight, but that’s a cakewalk for them.

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