With a blizzard set to slam the Northeast U.S. on a Monday night in mid-March, airlines on the preceding Saturday began preemptively canceling flights. Flight-tracking website Flightaware.com listed more than 9,000 operations that had been canceled between Sunday and Wednesday, when the recovery began. American Airlines ultimately proactively canceled 1,990 mainline and regional flights on Tuesday and 519 on Wednesday of that week. For American, what might seem like a brash ...


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