Delta cancels 198 flights out of Hartsfield Thursday because of snow threat

The threat of snow caused Delta Air Lines to cancel 76 of its flights and about 122 of its Delta Connection regional flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday, spokesman Anthony Black said.

AirTran Airways has canceled 19 flights out of Hartsfield, the first starting at 5:20 p.m., for the same reason, spokesman Christopher White said.

Atlanta-based Delta said earlier this week that it was cutting back on its Thursday schedule because of the threat of severe weather.

The canceled flights were scheduled to leave after 5 p.m., when the snow is expected to move in.

The airline said it would waive certain change fees for affected passengers.

It also has encouraged travelers on those scheduled flights to switch to an earlier flight on Thursday.

The airline said reservation agents are “proactively contacting customers to make adjustments to flight plans.”

Delta is allowing customers to make a one-time change to their travel plans if they are flying into or out of Atlanta and the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

AirTran has cancelled 51 flights nationwide. It also is offering impacted travelers the option of changing their plans without penalty.