Mother Nature is again beating up the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region – and again hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result.

As early as last night Continental Airlines had canceled 70 flights for today at its Newark hub.  US Airways canceled 160 flights from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.  Delta, Jet Blue and American Airlines were advising travelers that flights were likely to be canceled and to call ahead before heading for the airport.  Southwest Airlines has already canceled most of its Thursday flight schedule at Philadelphia International Airport.

In total,  approximately 500 flights have been canceled at Newark Liberty.  At New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, the total number of cancellations currently stands at about 200.  Coupled with the Philadelphia and Boston disruptions, we’re looking at about 1,000 flight cancellations overall.

My advice:  Avoid the Northeast if at all possible.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The Department of Homeland Security will begin installing the first of 150 full-body scanners in U.S. airports next week.  Boston’s Logan International Airport will be the first, with three scanners scheduled for installation.  Officials plan to install another scanner at Chicago’s O’Hare International in the next two weeks.
  • Due to some well-worded letters from Georgia community leaders, Delta is reducing the airfare between Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Atlanta by as much as 40 percent for the next four months.  Rountrip airfare purchased at least seven days in advance has been reduced from $510 to $300 and walk-up tickets have been rediced from $656 to $400 roundtrip.  I’m sending my letter to Delta today to see if they can lower the Seattle to New York flight for me.
  • Alaska Airlines is dumping its previously announced Wi-Fi test partner and switching to Aircell Gogo in hopes of outfitting its entire fleet of aircraft with Internet service in a more timely manner.  According to an airline spokesperson, their “hope is to have the entire fleet outfitted by the end of year.”