Jan 6 JetBlue Airways said it planned
to suspend flights at New York and Boston airports later on
Monday, with plans to gradually resume flights on Tuesday, as
its operations recover from storm effects.
JetBlue said halting its flights at John F. Kennedy
International, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Boston Logan
airports would allow time to melt ice from its planes, position
flight crews and take other steps to recover from the recent
"It's a combination of everything that has had a domino
effect the last few days," JetBlue spokesman Anders Lindstrom
said. "As one of the largest carriers in the Northeast, weather
in this area impacts our entire route network and operations."
Also on Monday, Southwest Airlines said it had
suspended operations at Chicago's Midway airport until 5 p.m.
central time (2300 GMT). The carrier said freezing temperatures
in the Chicago area were slowing the process to fuel planes.
Airlines as a whole canceled more than 3,000 flights on
Monday as freezing conditions hobbled operations, especially in
the U.S. Midwest and Northeast regions.
Shares of JetBlue were down 4.1 percent on Monday as most
U.S. airlines traded weaker. Southwest shares were off 1.6
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs, editing by G Crosse)