As Snowmageddon, also known as Winterpocalypse, continues to pummel the eastern coast of North America with snow and freezing rain, travel plans for many are coming to a screeching, slippery, halt. Since one of our own contributors will likely be hanging out in Halifax a bit longer than expected while en route to Toronto, we thought it wise to share a useful resource to help you check your flight status.

Meet FlightAware

FlightAware offers free live flight tracking for private and commercial flights around the world by aggregating over 50 live data sources plus feedback from a large online community. For day’s like today, however, it is probably best to skip right to FlightAware’s real time cancellation chart, which lets users sort through cancelled flights by airline, departure, or destination airport. These options are particularly useful considering there are already 3,072 cancelled flights today – most of which involve travel to, from, or within North America. You can also check your flight status by date, just in case you are flying tomorrow or later in the week.


If you do have to head to an airport this week, try out FlightAware before you leave home. It could save you a drive to the airport, or a call/lengthy waiting-time on hold with your airline. Of course, if your flight isn’t cancelled, give yourself extra time to get to the airport and drive slow, or take public transit.

Thanks to Mashable for letting us know about this great tool. Hopefully not too many of us will see our next flight listed.

Thumbnail Photo courtesy of Flickr, Dru!, Screenshot courtesy of FlightAware


JP Bervoets

JP Bervoets

JP has spent the last decade working in the not-for-profit sector and has called Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa home. He’s travelled to over 30 countries and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His interests include photography, cycling, playing guitar and working on Departful. JP co-founded the site in 2012.

Departful is a travel magazine that provides accessible, relevant, and thoughtful travel tips and ideas to inspire people to explore the world around them. We feature travel articles, travel tips, and photography based on our own experiences from over 100 countries covering all things adventure, culture, food and drink, technology, and gear. Made with ❤ in Toronto.