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Winter Weather Forces Flight Delays, Cancellations Across US



Snow and rain associated with Winter Storm Mabel forced thousands of flight delays and cancellations at major U.S. airports across the Midwest and along the East Coast on Thursday.

Flight-tracking website reported more than 5,700 delays and nearly 600 cancellations within, into or out of the U.S. as of 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. A majority of those cancellations were felt at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which received several inches of snow.

Flights were also impacted at nearby Chicago Midway as well as Detroit Metropolitan Airport, among other airports across the region.

Meanwhile, soaking rain showers prompted significant flight delays and cancellations at some airports along the East Coast with weather impacts being felt from Charlotte, North Carolina to Boston. Charlotte Douglas International Airport saw nearly 80 flight cancellations and more than 600 delays while Reagan National Airport outside of Washington, D.C. had experienced 80 cancellations and over 300 delays as of Thursday afternoon.

LaGuardia Airport experienced more than 400 delays and Boston Logan and Philadelphia International each reported over 240 flight delays on Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration had previously warned travelers of potential impacts at a handful of airports early Thursday and many affected airports wasted no time encouraging passengers to exercise patience and to check their flight status with their airline prior to arriving.

Thursday’s weather comes just one week after Winter Storm Kade impacted thousands of flights across the country.

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New Tool Tracks Travelers’ Perceptions of Safety Throughout Reopening Phase



MMGY Global has launched a brand new Travel Safety Barometer tool to help the travel and tourism industry monitor American travelers’ perceptions of safety as society gradually reopens in the wake of COVID-19.

Measured on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe) and based on a monthly survey of 1,200 American travelers, Travel Safety Barometer metrics are published for a series of categories, including domestic and international travel, transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.

Currently, MMGY Global’s data suggests that domestic leisure travel, which scores just 34, will bounce back before international (22) or even business travel (29).

The recent Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS) conducted by MMGY Travel Intelligence found that two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) feel safest when traveling by personal vehicle, so it’s little surprise that the Driving Safety Barometer is highest at 72, more than double that of taking a flight (30). Transportation overall scores a 56.

Lodging is much lower at 35, while dining and entertainment are just slightly behind at 33.

With cruise lines temporarily suspending operations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail order through late-July, MMGY Global’s Cruise Safety Barometer scores the lowest of any category at 18.

PHOTO: International Travel Safety Barometer. (photo courtesy of MMGY Global)

“Travelers’ perceptions of safety are shaped by everything from the latest news headlines and personal experiences to social media. The Travel Safety Barometer will highlight how consumer perceptions of safety evolve as states, countries and travel-related businesses cautiously begin to reopen, allowing the industry to adjust their operational and marketing strategies accordingly to meet consumer needs,” said Chris Davidson, executive vice president of insights and strategy, MMGY Travel Intelligence, in a statement accompanying Thursday’s announcement.

“There is much work to be done by the industry to put in place measures to protect the public’s health and well-being,” added Davidson. “Once this is accomplished, the next challenge becomes how will destinations, hotels, airlines, cruises and other travel businesses provide peace of mind to travelers who perceive them to be unsafe.”

Visit to download the full report.

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