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Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines <DAL.N> has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays.

The Atlanta-based airline said a wintry mix was to blame for lengthy delays on de-icing planes. By Friday evening, the carrier had canceled 625 flights from Atlanta.

The early winter storm is expected to move northward along the eastern seaboard leaving a trail of snow and slush along major airline routes, including the New York area and Boston.

Even relatively small storms can pose a big headache for airlines, which can end up with millions of dollars of lost revenue from costly cancellations and delays.

Delta, United Airlines <UAL.N> and American Airlines <AAL.O> have issued change fee waivers for customers flying out of potentially affected airports.

(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by James Dalgleish)