- The Washington Times - Monday, January 24, 2005

Airlines resumed flying to the Northeast yesterday after a brutal snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights over the weekend.

Airports from Philadelphia to Boston had plenty of snow to remove from tarmacs, but weather didn’t cause travelers new problems yesterday. A power outage at Boston’s Logan International Airport did interrupt efforts there to resume operations.

Airlines reported some delays and flight cancellations from the District and Baltimore to destinations in the Northeast, but they said some interruptions were unavoidable as they resumed normal operations.

Amtrak operated fewer trains along the Northeast corridor yesterday because the snowstorm caused power outages. Freezing conditions caused track-switch failures in some areas, and Amtrak service between Boston, New York and the District ran up to two hours late.

Almost 650 flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport and 475 flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York were canceled over the weekend. New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport had 454 flight cancellations.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said as many as 70 flights leaving or flying into Kennedy would be canceled yesterday.

Logan Airport in Boston, where 26 inches of snow fell, opened early yesterday after shutting down for nearly 30 hours beginning Sunday morning. But hours after the airport reopened, a power outage left it in the dark.

Passengers were able to board flights and the air-traffic control tower continued to function, but nearly all operations were affected. Escalators and elevators stopped working while airport officials tried to find the cause of the outage, and problems at the airport delayed flights by an average of two hours.

Only about 5 percent of arrivals and departures from Philadelphia International Airport were canceled yesterday, compared with 80 percent on Saturday and 50 percent on Sunday, airport spokesman Mark Pesce said.

Shuttle services by US Airways, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines from the District and Baltimore to New York and Boston airports ran with few cancellations yesterday.

“Weather is not a problem today,” US Airways spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.

Amtrak won’t be at full speed today. It will operate at least one train — maybe more — between the District and New York each hour from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It will operate about half of its normally scheduled trains from Boston and New York between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.


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