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Winter storm threat leads US airlines to cancel thousands of flights
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Thousands of flights have been proactively canceled over the next two days as U.S. carriers prepare for another winter storm that could threaten operations and leave passengers stranded.
The storm, bringing heavy snow and disruptive ice, is expected to travel nearly 3,000 miles from Texas and the Plains to the Midwest and Northeast through Friday.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 1,437 flights leaving, entering or traveling within the United States have been canceled, according to flight-tracking website, FlightAware.
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Meanwhile, over 1,600 flights have already been canceled for Thursday, according to FightAware.
Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Envoy Air, which is American's regional carrier, are leading U.S.-based airlines in cancelations.
As of 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, about 12% of Southwest's flight schedule – or 400 flights – have been canceled for Wednesday, according to FlightAware's data. The carrier also nixed about 518 flights for Thursday, according to the website.