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January Weather Flight Disruptions Cost Americans $2.5 Billion

It's been a rough start to 2014 for airlines and flyers alike. It's been a rough start to 2014 for airlines and flyers alike.

January was the worst month for flight disruptions in recent history... according to the cloud-based data and software company... masFlight.

They say airlines alone... facing the costs of rerouting flight crews... paying overtime wages and de-icing runways and aircraft... lost between $75 million and $150 million.

The airline cost tracking group estimates that severe weather flight delays last month cost Americans $2.5 billion in lost

Regional airlines accounted for 67 percent of the month's cancellations... while U.S. airlines also faced heavy impact... canceling 49,000 flights in January and delaying another 300,000.

With severe weather flight disruptions adding about 18 hours to passenger travel... many passengers lost days of work and missed income... while carrying additional expenses such as hotel rooms and meals.

Costs just might continue to pile up this month... too. The winter weather forecasts are calling for more of the same in February.

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