A severe weather system across several parts of the United States has prompted the three major airports serving New York City to urge passengers to arrive early for flights on what is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year.
As of Sunday afternoon, 3,507 flights to, out of, or within the United States were delayed, according to FlightAware, and 86 U.S. flights have been canceled, the site noted.
A fairly large storm system will shift from the Mississippi River Valley Sunday morning to the Northeast, bringing with it widespread rain and gusty winds. The heavy showers and strong winds are expected to affect millions of travelers from the Midwest to the Northeast and down to the Southeast on Sunday.
New York’s LaGuardia Airport has urged passengers to pre-book parking spaces, which operators said are filling up. “We can’t stress this enough – plan ahead and arrive early if you’re traveling during the #Thanksgiving holiday period,” tweeted the airport.
Newark Liberty International Airport echoed the LGA in suggesting passengers should plan ahead and aim to arrive at the airport early. The warned roads into the airport were already crowded on Sunday morning. “The holiday season means high passenger volumes. If you plan to travel through Terminal A or B, take advantage of the FREE EWR VirtuaLine service and secure your seat in security in advance, the airport says. said on Twitter. “Due to the increased number of travelers during the holidays, please allow extra time for travel, check-in and security.”
John F. Kennedy Airport also said passengers traveling Sunday should plan and arrive early. JFK tweeted from the verified account, “Budget extra travel time to arrive at #JFK Airport, park in your reserved spot, check in & get through security.”
— CNN’s Ramishah Maruf contributed to this report.