Winter Cancellations May Cost Airlines $600M

Record number of flights grounded by weather
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2011 10:22 AM CST
Ron Zirkle, whose flight to Memphis, Tenn., has been canceled due to winter storms, is silhouetted against a snow-covered tarmac, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – If you’ve had to deal with a flight cancellation recently, rest assured that the airlines most definitely feel your pain. A seemingly never-ending string of winter storms has forced airlines to cancel a record 89,884 flights since Nov. 1, Bloomberg reports, costing them more than $629 million according to one estimate. “If this keeps up, it will really get ugly,” says one airline economist. “It’s already brutal, and it’s only the first week in February.”

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