Area airports gear up for winter storm

? Officials say if you plan on traveling by air, expect some headaches.Area airports are getting salt trucks and plows geared up for the winter

NEW YORK - ? Officials say if you plan on traveling by air, expect some headaches.

Area airports are getting salt trucks and plows geared up for the winter storm.

By mid-afternoon, Delta Air Lines had canceled 1,700 flightsafter scrubbing about 2,000 flights the previous two days. Mostwere in Atlanta but included evening flights between Washington andNew York, said spokesman Anthony Black.

US Airways canceled nearly 1,000 flights and 340 for Wednesday.

American canceled 500 flights, including more than 100 inChicago, on the western edge of the snowy weather front. Theairline also canceled many flights that would end Tuesday nightbetween Washington and Boston so that the planes wouldn't be snowedin Wednesday morning, said spokesman Ed Martelle.

American expected at least 350 cancelations on Wednesday, butone type of flight was sacrosanct - international ones leaving outof New York's Kennedy Airport. "We're going to get those out,"Martelle said.

The December blizzard caused close to 10,000 flight cancellations in the northeast.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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