US flight cancellations ease a bit but still running high

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Better weather is helping some travelers get home after the New Year’s holiday, but airlines are still canceling a high number of flights

Clearing weather over much of the eastern United States raised hopes that air-travel disruptions will ease after a dreadful start to the new year.

Southwest Airlines canceled more than 300 flights, or 10% of its schedule Tuesday.

Many of the cancellations were made long before storms hit, based on weather forecasts. Airlines think that helps them operate at least a scaled-back schedule and avoid having planes and crews trapped in the wrong cities, but it frustrates passengers whose flights get canceled while it’s still sunny outside.