Major winter storm affecting air travel - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Major winter storm affecting air travel

Several flights cancelled or delayed out of Hopkins. (Source: WOIO) Several flights cancelled or delayed out of Hopkins. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The major winter storm is expected to miss NE Ohio directly, but the storm is already affecting people attempting to fly in or out of the area. 

Thousands of cancellations are in effect at area airports. 

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Airlines have started to cancel flights ahead of a dangerous winter storm taking aim at a good portion of the East Coast.

Out at Hopkins International Airport several flights going to Charlotte, Nashville and NYC are already cancelled. Travelers are trying to reschedule or leave out earlier. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is basically shut down. Most major airlines have cancelled flights out of Charlotte. American Airlines said it was canceling all flights Friday in Charlotte.

"It wasn't cancelled but they gave me the option to cancel it," said traveler. 

Most major airlines are offering travel vouchers, waivers, and waiving fees if you would like to change your travel plans to a city in the wake of the storm.  

Online flight tracker flightaware.com says more than 3,000 Friday and Saturday flights have already been scrapped.

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