Delta warns of winter storm delays; preemptively cancels 350 flights

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is advising passengers headed to or through the southeastern U.S. this weekend to closely monitor its website or mobile app for the latest news about potential weather delays.

Winter Storm Helena is expected to hit the southeastern U.S., affecting operations at Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Delta’s (NYSE:DAL) biggest hub airport as well as the world’s most traveled.

Delta Air Lines flight departs Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA
Delta Air Lines flight departs Seattle-Tacoma Int'l
As of early Friday morning, the carrier had preemptively cancelled approximately 350 mainline and Delta Connection flights between Friday evening and Saturday in an effort to minimize the storm’s effect on airport operations. According to the carrier, up to four inches of snow is expected at ATL.

According to, the storm will bring snow to parts of the South and East, and heavy snow is expected in parts of the Carolinas, southeast Virginia and southeast New England. Freezing rain or sleet is also expected in parts of the South.

Winter Storm Helena has the potential of snarling travel for days, as the threat for more snow increases along parts of the Northeast coast this weekend, according to the website. Winter storm warnings stretch from parts of southern Mississippi and central Alabama to the southern Delmarva Peninsula, including Birmingham, Atlanta, Greenville/Spartanburg, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham and Norfolk.

In an email sent at noon Eastern time on Friday, Jan. 6, the airline advised subscribers to check Delta News Hub throughout the weekend for news on flight cancellations, change fee waivers and flight schedule recovery. The carrier also plans to publish, “[B]ehind-the-scenes stories about the Delta people working around the clock to ensure customers are served promptly and safely,” the carrier said.

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