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Airlines halt service at Logan

Air traffic has come to a halt over Boston. The last departure of the day, a JetBlue Airways flight, left Logan International Airport at 3:13 p.m. Officials at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan, were unsure where the plane was headed, but they had a good guess. “I hope it was someplace warm,” said spokesman Matthew Brelis.

By 4:30 p.m., only about half a dozen passengers remained in the airport terminals, where workers far outnumbered travelers and no planes could be seen at the gates. The airlines are expected to resume service late Saturday afternoon. As for Sunday travel, passengers shouldn’t get their hopes up.

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“It may take a while for airlines to get their equipment back in place, and just as important, the crews back in place,” Brelis said. “I would expect Sunday to be a rebuilding day and probably we wouldn’t be back to normal until Monday.”

Across the Northeast, airlines have canceled more than 4,000 flights on Friday and Saturday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Katie Johnston can be reached at
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