This winter schools, businesses, and government offices to close due to winter storms, but air travel has been hit the hardest, with 75,000 flights canceled this winter leaving a record 640,000 passengers stuck somewhere for at least 12 hours.
Above is a map by NOAA which shows snow in 49 of 50 states. Atlanta, Raleigh, Washington, D.C., and New York City are digging out of their latest storm with forced D.C. government offices to closed yesterday and open two hours late today.
Flight delays and cancellations are estimated to have cost the airlines $158 million, $1.8 billion has been lost in the economic activity, and an estimated 3 million kids will have to attend makeup school days because of school closures.
As New York City, Washington D.C., Raleigh and Atlanta dig out from the latest snowstorm, Florida continues to be the lone state without snow on the ground while residents of Atlanta, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast are wishing the record and repeated snowstorms would finally end.
Larger airlines have been able to deal with the massive delays and cancellations better, with more reserve crews and aircraft able to be utilized while smaller airlines have seen their passengers wait longer while the airline scrambles to get flight crews and aircraft in the correction location following the storms and flight delays or cancellations.
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