Airlines Issue Flight Waivers Due to U.S. “Bomb Cyclone”

A string of wrecked vehicles sit on an overpass over Interstate 70 as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the intermountain region.
A string of wrecked vehicles sit on an overpass over Interstate 70 as a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow sweeps over the intermountain region. // Photo by AP Photo/David Zalubowski via Newscred

Winter Storm Ulmer—a powerful “bomb cyclone”—has brought blizzard conditions and high winds across much of the central United States, bringing with it more travel disruptions on airlines already dealing with the impact of the grounding of the 737 Max

According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, the storm brought blizzard conditions and flooding to the North Central states Wednesday, with Thursday morning seeing high winds in Memphis, Tennessee. Ahead the area can expect more damaging wind gusts, flooding rain, thunderstorms and the potential for isolated tornadoes to develop in an area ranging from near the I-80 corridor to near the I-20 corridor. 

A number of airlines have issued travel waivers for customers impacted by the storm:

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Customers on Southwest Airlines set to fly Thursday through airports in the central U.S., including Chicago Midway, Denver, Minneapolis—St. Paul and Salt Lake City, can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs without any additional charge. 

Air Canada advises that customers set to fly through Chicago O’Hare Thursday can make alternate travel arrangements without penalty, space permitting. 

On Delta, customers set to fly Thursday via airports in the Rocky Mountains and the Dakotas can rebook without penalty through March 17, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. 

United Airlines will waive the change fee and any difference in fare for customers flying through Chicago O’Hare Thursday if they rebook on new United flights departing on or before March 17. Travel must be in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed. 

Finally, Frontier Airlines is allowing customers flying Thursday through affected airports to make one itinerary change, with rebooked travel to be completed no later than March 29. 

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