Airlines Cancelled More Than 33,000 Flights in the USA During the First Three Weeks of January

A series of winter storms have led airlines to cancel more than 33,000 flights during the first three weeks of this year, reports AP. That’s more cancellations than in January 2013 and January 2012 combined, according to masFlight, a data and software company specializing in airline operations.

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“It’s been miserable,” said John DiScala, who runs the travel advice site and flies around 150,000 miles each year. “There’s so few vacant seats, so when they cancel one flight, trying to get onto another flight is next to impossible.”

Is It Safe to Fly to Ukraine Today?

In spite of heavy and bloody clashes in Kiev between police and opposition protesters, airline companies do not cancel their international flights to the capital of Ukraine.

For example, you can book a round-trip, nonstop flight from New York to Kiev and back for only $653 (Feb. 2-7, 2014)

Meanwhile , news wires report today that three people have died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate Ukraine’s two month-long political crisis.

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The mass protests in the capital of Kiev erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout.

Another Winter Storm Grounded 3,000 Flights in the USA

Another winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions.

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The storm stretched 1,000 miles between Kentucky and Massachusetts but hit especially hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston, creating a perilous ride home for millions of motorists.

States across the northeast declared emergencies and warned residents not to travel during the fast-moving storm, which packed a potentially lethal combination of snow and wind, backed by temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) below normal.