Airlines Cancel More than 16,000 Flights Thanks to Sandy
More than 6,000 flights have been cancelled on Tuesday, leaving untold numbers of travelers stranded and bringing the total number of cancellations caused by Hurricane Sandy to almost 16,000 according FlightAware.com, a flight-tracking service.
New York-area airports, including LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, Newark, as well as others in the region including Atlantic City, Groton-New London, Tweed New Haven, MacArthur (Islip), Morristown, and Teterboro remain closed and have not announced when they will reopen although airlines are saying they hope to resume some flights on Wednesday.
Boston, Philadelphia, Dulles, and Baltimore-Washington are open, and Westchester County White Plains and Atlantic City plan to reopen later today.
The vast number of cancellations means that some passengers might not get rebooked on flights until early next week.
Disruptions were not limited to air travel. Most bridges and tunnels in the New York metropolitan area were closed due to high winds and the potential for flooding. On Monday, a 13-foot surge of seawater flooded New York’s Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel as well as tunnels used by the city’s subway system.
Along the U.S. East Coast, millions of people awoke Tuesday morning without power and restoring electricity to these areas could take days.