All three airlines serving Ithaca Tompkins Airport waiving change fees as blizzard approaches northeast

January 25, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

If you're planning to travel in the next few days, a blizzard that forecasters say could dump a couple of feet of snow from the New Jersey coast up through New England could interfere. Airlines serving the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport have all issued exception notices saying they'll waive change fees for affected travelers.

Drivers planning to head towards NYC or other northeast coastal areas should make sure they can get there early Monday, or highway travel may become impossible. (Of course, if you get where you're going, you may be stranded.)

Delta, United, and US Airways are all waiving change fees for air travelers who wish to move their flights earlier or later to avoid problems traveling through the northeast. In some cases, passenger itineraries can be rerouted through other cities. Airlines have already canceled hundreds of flights to or from Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy airports in the New York City area ahead of the storm.

As of Sunday evening, no flights to or from Ithaca have been delayed or canceled, but we can expect considerable delays or flight cancellations on flights to or from Newark and Philadelphia. (Ithaca no longer has flights to or from LaGuardia.)

The National Weather Service in Binghamton says light snow will develop in the Ithaca area on Monday, with just a few inches of accumulation expected through Tuesday afternoon. Not so to the southeast; a foot or more is predicted for the Catskills and Poconos. In New Jersey, metro New York, and New England, residents are heading to stores to pick up eggs, milk, and bread.

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