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Logan bounces back after snowstorm delays

A Logan Airport official said runways were back to bare pavement by Friday afternoon.

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A Logan Airport official said runways were back to bare pavement by Friday afternoon.

Boston’s Logan International Airport is expected to operate normally by Saturday, even as it handles an influx of travelers stranded by the first nor’easter of the year.

Planes began to take off and land after the storm finished blowing through Friday morning, but more than 300 flights still were canceled at Logan, according to Orbitz, a travel planning website. Normally, about 1,100 flights arrive and depart the airport daily.

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Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, said Logan ran 534 flights Thursday, about half the normal traffic, and kept two runways open throughout the storm. More than 10 inches of snow fell in Boston during the storm, and as much as 2 feet piled up in other areas.

Snow-clearing operations were completed before 12:30 p.m. Friday, and Logan officials expected air traffic to pick up quickly as airlines worked to get back on schedule.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Brittany Hanscom was headed back to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and had to change her travel plans several times due to the snowstorm.

“All our runways are bare pavement,” Freni said. “We’re ready to go [and] anxious to get the planes back in here, get back to normalcy.”

Just how soon that happens, Freni added, would depend on how quickly air carriers could get their planes back in the air. The weather left thousands of travelers scrambling to rebook their travel and, in many cases, find accommodations for a few more days.

JetBlue Airways, the largest airline at Logan, canceled 119 flights Friday — two dozen more than it canceled Thursday.

“We are currently digging out at our Northeast airports and have experienced additional delays and cancellations today,” airline spokeswoman Tamara Young said. The airline is waiving flight change fees for travelers who purchased tickets Thursday and Friday, allowing those passengers to rebook their travel through Jan. 9.

Peter Pan Bus Lines, meanwhile, had hoped to reopen its routes along the Boston-New York-Hartford corridor by mid-Friday, but those services remained shut down because of weather and road conditions, the company said. The Springfield-based company has also canceled several trips scheduled for Saturday.

Amtrak, headquartered in Washington, D.C., said its Acela Express and Northeast Regional services operated a reduced schedule Friday between Boston and Washington, with fewer trains running.

Such trains were helping bring in guests from nearby states for Brian Goss’s Saturday wedding at the Colonial Hall in Salem, while other more far-flung guests were still trying to rebook flights. The Oregon native and his fiancee, who grew up in Cambridge and Lexington, said they knew of at least half a dozen guests — including the groom’s grandparents — who would not be able to get to the wedding. “All their flights are canceled,” Goss said.

Fortunately, he added, the couples’ parents arrived before the storm. “We’ve got [most of] the core family here,” he said, “but we are waiting on friends and other folks.”

Friday’s canceled flights

LaGuardia Airport, N.Y. (LGA) – 356

Newark Liberty International Airport, N.J. (EWR) – 337

Logan International Airport, MA (BOS) – 331

John F. Kennedy International Airport, N.Y. (JFK) – 244

Philadelphia International Airport, Pa. (PHL) – 221

Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Ill. (ORD) – 195

Reagan Washington National Airport, Va. (DCA) – 80

Chicago Midway International Airport, Ill. (MDW) – 76

Washington Dulles International Airport, Va. (IAD) – 69

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md. (BWI) – 57

Source: Orbitz

Erin Ailworth can be reached at eailworth@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ailworth.
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