Storm grounds more than 4,400 flights across US

More than 4,400 US flights were cancelled as a monster storm hit US.

Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 00:34 AM IST

Chicago: More than 4,400 US flights
were cancelled Tuesday as a monster storm dumped freezing rain,
sleet and snow on a huge swath of the country, a travel
website reported.

Airlines also protectively cancelled 2,428 flights on
Wednesday, FlightAware reported. Nearly 800 flights were
canceled yesterday.

Dallas-Fort Worth airport, a major hub, was closed
briefly Tuesday morning due to the ice storm and delays were
averaging about three hours once it reopened.

Chicago`s O`Hare, among the busiest airports in the
world, had the most cancelations with nearly 800 flights
affected Tuesday as airlines prepared for blizzard conditions
to strike in the afternoon.

Some 700 flights were canceled in Dallas, 640 in
Newark, and 780 at New York`s LaGuardia and JFK airports.

"This storm is going to have a significant impact on
airlines, particularly those with hubs in Chicago (United,
American) and Newark (Continental)," the website warned.