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How airlines prepare for big storms

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In this Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 photo, snow is cleared on a runway as a plane taxis into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. As the Northeast braces for its largest winter storm in more than a year, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports.

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As the Northeast braces for its largest winter storm in more than a year, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes and crews -- and passengers -- away from snowed-in airports. Up to 3 feet of snow was forecast along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. In response, the major airlines plan to shut down their Northeast operations by Friday afternoon, and canceled nearly 1,100 flights for Saturday.
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