East Coast snow snarls Charlotte air travel


Jan. 27--Hundreds of would-be travelers slept overnight in chairs and on the floor at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, after the latest in a series of East Coast snowstorms canceled flights at some of the nation's biggest airports.

The FAA reported Thursday morning that the Newark (N.J.) airport and Kennedy International were closed, with Newark not scheduled to reopen until 1 p.m. LaGuardia Airport in New York City is reported to be open, but several airlines have canceled morning flights in and out of LaGuardia.

In addition, heavy snow is causing some delays at airports in Washington, Philadelphia, Hartford and Boston.

It is at least the third time since late December that a major winter storm has snarled air travel along the East Coast. The overnight snowfall helped New York City set a record for snowfall in January.

The website Flight Stats showed about 20 flight cancellations in and out of Charlotte's airport between 6 and 8 a.m. Thursday. Most of those flights involved departures or arrivals in cities affected by the snowstorm.