As another powerful winter storm pummeled the East Coast on Monday, tens of thousands of airline passengers faced another round of cancellations and delays that will leave them stranded far from their destination.
Those delays will also take another bite out of the U.S. economy.
So far this winter, severe weather has taken a nearly $6 billion toll on passengers, airlines and airports, according to masFlight, a software solutions company specializing in airline operations.
More than a million flights in and out of U.S. airports—regardless of their origin or destination—have been canceled or delayed since December, snarling travel for more than 90 million passengers. The lost productivity and out-of-pocket costs totals about $5.3 billion, compared with a typical winter average of about $2.9 billion, according to masFlight estimates.