Hurricane Sandy: close to three thousand flights cancelled today

by William ASTON on October 31, 2012

Fliers to and from the US are facing major disruptions, as they were yesterday, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Key airports located on the east coast of the country will start reopening again this afternoon, however nearly 3,000 flights had to be cancelled this morning. This includes flights from London Heathrow to Newark, Washington and New York, in addition to flights from Manchester International to New York.

British Airways was forced to cancel seven flights in total, and Virgin Atlantic two, as 16 services from London Heathrow, eight from Paris Charles De Gaulle, four from Frankfurt Am Main, three from Manchester International, three from Zurich and a couple from Rome, have all been scrapped. Newark airport was scheduled to officially reopen at 11am GMT, while JFK airport was set to reopen around 4pm GMT. New York’s other international hub, LaGuardia airport, is likely to remain closed meaning that additional delays or cancellations are highly likely.

Any passengers affected by disruptions are being offered full refunds or seats on an alternative flight. All travellers have been advised to contact their airline prior to travelling as the policies of some carriers differ. Today’s disruption means that the total amount of flight cancellations brought about by superstorm Sandy is close to 20,000, with early estimates suggesting that the disaster might cost the industry approximately £250 million.

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