More cancellations as Hurricane Sandy arrives

first_imgMore than half a million people have been evacuated from severely impacted areas and the US stock market has closed for its first weather related closure in 27 years.  Image: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More than 13,700 flights have been cancelled over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the US.Travelling the coastal area between Cape May and Atlantic City, New Jersey at roughly 8.00pm local time on Monday, the storm, which has been described as one of the worst the region has experienced, has accelerated, according to an AccuWeather update. People are expected to experience damaging gusts of 60-80mph, while the storm is expected to affect a large area of Virgin and southern New England, leaving behind five to ten feet of water.Wind field surrounding Sandy will affect all coastal areas from the Delmarva Peninsula north to New England.Heavy and destructive rainfall is most likely to pour over southern New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, eastern and northern Virginia as well as south and southeastern Pennsylvania.More than half a million people have been evacuated from severely impacted areas, 1.5 million people have reportedly been left without electricity and the US stock market has closed for its first weather related closure in 27 years. New York City has advised its residents that it will close seven major bridges at 7.00pm EDT, as they are “quickly becoming unsafe”, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meanwhile John F Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports have all closed while airlines have cancelled more than 13,700 flights over three days.Impacted services and airlines include: American Airlines (AA) Continuing to monitor the situation, AA recommended passengers check their flight status before heading to the airport.The airline advised impacted passengers booked to fly between 28 October to 31 October 2012, will have the ticket reissue charge waived for one ticket if the ticket was issued no later than 26 October 2012.New travel dates must be between 26 October to 7 November 2012. Southwest Airlines & AirTran AirwaysSouthwest has cancelled up to 887 flights from Sunday through to midday Wednesday to 16 airports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US.AirTran has advised the cancellation of 278 flights over the same period.Turkish AirlinesThe airline has cancelled six flights over Monday and Tuesday between Istanbul and New York as well as Istanbul and Washington.Turkish Airlines advised travellers continue to check online for flight updates before heading to the airport.US AirwaysMore flights have been cancelled over Tuesday to airport: Philadelphia PHL, Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport and Dulles, New York’s LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports, Albany ALB, Binghamton BGM, Elmira ELM, Islip ISP, Ithaca ITH, Newburgh SWF, Syracuse SYR and White Plains, N.Y. HPN, Boston BOS, Bangor, Maine BGR, Burlington, Vt. BTV, Hartford BDL and New Haven HVN, Harrisburg MDT, Williamsport IPT and Providence, R.I.The airline continues to offer a “relaxed policy” for affected travellers. Virgin AmericaThe airline says it is experiencing delays and cancellations for flights departing and arriving through to Wednesday, 31 October this year.Affected airports include: Washington Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, John F Kennedy and Boston Logan International Airport.  For guests with confirmed flights departing to or originating from either of the airports between 28 October to 31 October 2012 may change their dates without charge through to 10 November 2012. Travellers may also cancel their flights without penalty and receive a credit for future travel valid for up to one year. Austrian AirlinesCancelled two return flights on Monday on routes; Vienna – New York and Vienna – Washington.The airline says flights from Vienna to New York and Vienna to Washington due to depart on Tuesday will likely be delayed but a revision of its decision is due later today.Passengers booked on cancelled services will be offered a seat on an alternate flight as soon as airports reopen. Rebooking will be free of charge. United AirlinesUnited has cancelled all flights today to and from Newark Liberty International Airport, John F Kennedy and LaGuardia.Flights Dulles International Airport, Reagan Washington National and Baltimore/Washington International Airport were suspended on Monday and most of Tuesday.Services to Cleveland were suspended on Monday but are expected to be resume this afternoon while many flights to and from Chicago have been delayed. The airline has extended the period which customers whose flights are delayed or cancelled as a result of the storm may rebook without fee.Customers ticketed to fly to or from impacted cities from 28 October to 31 October 2012 are now covered and rescheduled itineraries may be made through to 7 November 2012.Delta AirlinesDelta anticipates delays and cancellations from 29 October through to 1 November.The airline is offering a one-time change for affected travellers with ticket must be reissued on or before 7 November for travel to through to 7 November.Click here for more information. SWISS AirlinesUp to 18 services flying between Zurich and JFK, Boston as well as Geneva to JFK have been cancelled over 29 October to 30 October 2012. The airline advised a fee waiver for impacted customers for rebookings and cancellations.  EmiratesThe airline has cancelled eight flights to and from John F Kennedy Airport over the 29 October and 30 October and expects delays on flights two to and from Washington Dulles International Airport today. Visit airline websites for more information on rebooking and cancellation terms and conditions. last_img read more