Hundreds of flights delayed, canceled at BWI, other airports due to storms

Hundreds of flights delayed, canceled at BWI, other airports due to storms
Southwest is among the airlines at BWI Airport that delayed and canceled flights Tuesday due to storms. (Southwest Airlines / Baltimore Sun)

Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled Tuesday at BWI Marshall, Reagan National, Washington Dulles and other airports around the region due to inclement weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Baltimore/Washington area regarding a line of showers and thunderstorms stretching from Maine to Northern Virginia.


“There’s a cold front entering the area that extends all up and down the Northeast Corridor,” said Andrew Snyder, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The weather outlook is for “an isolated threat for flash flooding and locally damaging wind gusts from strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and into this evening.”

One in six of Southwest’s 245 scheduled flights through BWI Marshall were delayed — most by an average of 45 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes, the airline said. More than 200 flights into and out of the Mid-Atlantic region were canceled.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a Southwest hub — the airline is responsible for nearly 70 percent of the airport’s traffic.

Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean could not provide an overall number of canceled flights for all airlines at the airport.

“A number of different airlines have been impacted by the strong storms that rolled through this afternoon,” Dean said. “Travelers should check with their carriers for updated flight status information.”

In addition to the Baltimore and Washington airports, the inclement weather is affecting Southwest flights at Boston Logan, Long Island MacArthur, New York LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Philadelphia airports, according to the airline.

“Customers who are holding reservations for the above cities on July 17, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge,” Southwest said in a statement on its website.

Those who purchased tickets on or the airline’s mobile app can reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device. Those who didn’t, or who need additional assistance, can call 1-800-435-9792.

Passengers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund for an unused ticket or travel itinerary, the airline said. For specific flight information, passengers should check their flight status online.

The rain is expected to continue eastward and move off the Atlantic Coast by around midnight, Snyder said.