Airlines cancel thousands of US flights due to Hurricane Irene

By on Aug 27, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States, Weather Comments

Thousands of US flights have been canceled on Saturday, August 27, 2011 and may last for a couple of days, as Hurricane Irene is being expected to cripple various major airports.

Passenger checking flights status at Miami
International Airport on Thursday, Aug 25

Image Credit: Miami Herald/MCT

According to US news sites, various airlines have announced the cancellation of their flights after Hurricane Irene is being expected to make landfall around North Carolina.

As noted by Delta Airlines on its official website, scheduled flights until Tuesday, August 30 have been cancelled and been moved to two to three days after, with reports say Delta has cancelled about 1,300 flights.

On the other hand, United Airlines and Continental Airlines jointly announced the suspension of their flight operations starting Saturday, August 27 and may resume on Monday, August 29.

Both airlines noted that the affected airports are Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

In addition, their regional services including those at United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection at these airports have been canceled.

United and Continental also announced that operations at Raleigh-Durham, NC, Richmond, VA and Norfolk on Saturday are suspended; as about a total of 2,300 flights have pre-canceled.

Apparently, both of them said they also plan to suspend operations on Sunday for White Plains, NY, Boston, MA, Hartford, CT, Providence, RI, Portland, ME, Manchester, NH and Albany, NY.

Meanwhile, JetBlue Airways also announced flight cancellation on its biggest hub, John F. Kennedy airport in New York, which reports say more than 75 percent for Aug. 28 flights and more than half of its Aug. 29 trip have been canceled.

Other airlines that joined them include US Airways and Southwest Airlines, with all of the affected airline companies inviting the public to check their flight status on their official websites.

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