Delta offering winter travel assistance

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Passengers whose flight plans could be affected by harsh winter weather across the Northeast this weekend will be able to make one-time changes to their flights without fees, said officials of Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Delta Air Lines' weather advisory board recommends that passengers postpone, or re-route their flights scheduled to take off on Saturday, Jan. 8, to avoid a possible inconvenience from expected flight delays.

"Customers booked on Delta-ticketed flights to, from, or through, the following states may immediately re-book for travel before, or after, their original travel dates, as long as new flights are ticketed and rescheduled, with travel beginning by Jan. 13, 2011," the officials said.

The states include: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Some airports may experience flight delays, due to winter weather, including John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York, N.Y., a Delta hub, said officials.

They added that changes to "origin" or "destination" locations may increase a passenger's fare, but there will be no change fee. The fare difference will be collected when the passenger is in the process of re-booking the flight, the officials said.

"Delta encourages customers to make changes and manage their travel at delta.com," said officials. "All customers traveling in impacted markets should check their flight status at delta.com, before arriving at the airport."

--Maria-Jose Subiria