Hurricane Sandy grounds thousands of flights across the US, might extend the whole week.
On Sunday and Monday more than 8,900 flights were cancelled, and for today, October 30th, 4,800 more are scheduled. The majority of flight cancellations come from airports which serve the nation’s busiest airspace, which means a hard blow for Newark Liberty International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Analysts believe that even if thousands of flights have been cancelled, the financial impact on the airline industry is not expected to be severe, as the hurricane won’t affect the heavy holiday travel period. The number of flights cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, still fall short of the 15,000 cancelled due to Hurricane Irene in August 2011 or 24,000 cancelled due to the ice storms from February 2011.
Some of the airlines will add extra planes after the storm passes to deal with the surge in reservations that are expected once passengers will try to rebook tickets. Several airlines said they are considering whether to invest in extra flights.
“We will work to accommodate our customers based on their travel plans as best as possible and as quickly as possible,” American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said.