More than 2,000 flights have been cancelled at Atlanta Airport due to severe winter storms battering the region.

Hartsfield-Jackson International, one of the world’s busiest airports, is operating a severely reduced schedule with many travellers having to spend the night at the airport.

The ice storm which is expected to last for another two days has left travel in many US cities impossible.

Atlanta Airport officials have confirmed 2,200 flights scheduled for today have been cancelled, with around 300 expected to operate.

Southwest and AirTran said all their flights from Atlanta today are likely to be cancelled and Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection have cancelled more than 1,500 flights today.

This follows more than 500 flight cancelations by Delta yesterday.

Spokesperson Reese McCranie confirmed it’s the most “aggressive” round of cancellations in memory and urged travellers to contact their airline directly for flight updates

“Due to the inclement weather, airlines have made a significant number of cancellations for Wednesday,” said McCranie. “Please check your airline directly to check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport.”

On Monday Atlanta Airport issued a statement stating the airport was prepared for the severe weather and it would remain “open and fully operational” this week.

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