Cancelled flights decline sharply as US airlines dig out from big freeze in Midwest, East

Airport terminals took on a more normal look Wednesday as U.S. airlines cancelled far fewer flights and began the job of digging out from a blast of polar air.

By midafternoon, about 770 flights within the U.S. had been cancelled, according to tracking service That’s down from nearly 2,700 cancellations on Tuesday and 4,100 on Monday.

The largest numbers of U.S. cancellations on Wednesday — more than 100 each — were on ExpressJet and Chautauqua, according to FlightAware. Those carriers operate smaller regional flights for the big airlines and usually are the first to have flights scrubbed when there’s bad weather. Delta, United, American and Southwest had cancelled 1 per cent or fewer of their flights.