Thousands of flights cancelled; second day of Hurricane Sandy disruption causes headaches for travellers

by Emily DUNBAR on October 30, 2012

Passengers scheduled to fly to destinations on the US’ east coast have been facing disruptions after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on its second day, causing widespread flooding in addition to power cuts.

Close to 6,000 flights in and out of the US were cancelled today, which includes 19 from British Airways and 14 from Virgin Atlantic to cities such as Newark, Philadelphia, Washington and New York. American carrier United Airlines has grounded every one of its 14 transatlantic services that were scheduled for today, while American Airlines has also cancelled the six flights that were scheduled to leave the UK. Similarly, Delta has scrapped three flights and US Airways just two.

Although they haven’t been cancelled, other services, to destinations including Boston in Massachusetts and Orlando in Florida, have been experiencing delays. All in all, 72 flights either to or from Heathrow, seven from Manchester International, seven from Dublin, seven from Brussels, nine from Munich, 11 from Frankfurt and 20 from Paris have had to be scrapped.

Any passengers affected by today’s disruptions have been handed the opportunity to either rebook or make an application for a refund. Those due to travel on package holidays should contact the tour operator they have booked with.

In the meantime, cruise ships have been forced to skip a string of ports of call. As has been well documented, New York’s port is closed at the moment, while at the same time visits to the Long Island Sound or Key West have had to be cancelled.

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