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Airlines canceling flights to D.C.-area airports ahead of storm

Travelers wait in line to catch early morning flights to avoid a blizzard that is expected to hit the Washington area. Most passengers are looking forward to getting home to warmer destinations, like Orlando, Tuscon and Los Angeles. (Dennis Foley/WTOP)

UPDATE, Saturday 1/23: All Washington area airports — BWI, Reagan National and Dulles — have grounded all flights Saturday until further notice.

WASHINGTON —Several airlines are reducing operations to D.C.-area airports as a massive snow storm takes aim at the region.

American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines are altering their flights Friday and Saturday out of the regional airports.

American Airlines is canceling all inbound flights in the D.C. area after 3:30 p.m. Friday and canceling all flights Saturday, the airline announced Thursday.

The cancellations impact the flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Flights will hopefully resume Sunday at noon, the airline said in a news release.

“We plan to cut our DCA operation nearly in half starting tomorrow (Friday around 3:30 p.m.),” an American Airlines spokesman said in a news release. “This will include the cancellation of any flight inbound that would normally overnight here. We’ve completely cancelled all flights on Saturday (both mainline and regional).”

United Airlines will suspend flights at its Dulles hub as well as other Mid-Atlantic airports starting Friday at 4 p.m. The airline plans to resume operations on Sunday at Dulles based on airport conditions.

Southwest Airlines is canceling its flights at the regional airports beginning Friday at 3 p.m. through Sunday morning pending any major changes in weather.

Delta Airlines says all fees will be waived for changing flights.

Alaska Air says it has canceled 11 flights in and out of the D.C. area on Friday. The airline is implementing a flexible travel policy waiving chance/cancellation fees for those seeking to change their plans.

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