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Airports Get Back to Business Following Big Storm

Image: Plows clear snow from a runway at JFK Airport in New York on Friday.
Plows clear snow from a runway at JFK Airport in New York on Friday. Andrew Gombert / EPA

Air travel was recovering Saturday after a major snow storm in the Midwest and Northeast grounded thousands of flights as many people were trying to return from their holiday trips.

While the airports that got hardest hit by Friday’s big storm still grappled with some residual flight problems, less than 900 into or out of the U.S. were canceled by 12 p.m. Saturday, according to FlightAware. Over 2,600 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled by midday Friday.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan airports were forced to close overnight Thursday, but reopened early in the morning on Friday and started to get back on track — or runway.

“Everything is free of snow and ice so the airlines are working,” said Richard Walsh, a spokesman for Logan International Airport.

On Friday morning, JFK reported 192 canceled flights due to “zero visibility and high winds,” but cut that number down to 37 on Saturday morning. The trend carried to other New York area airports; La Guardia only reported 25 canceled flights on Saturday as compared with Friday’s 271, and Newark slashed its numbers from 285 to 37.

Airlines were working to accommodate passengers out of Logan on Saturday who weren’t able to board their scheduled flights the day before, Walsh said. “It’s busy at the airport today,” he added.

Logan International airport only had 23 cancellations Saturday morning, and most other U.S. airports reported cancellations in the teens or single digits.