Hurricane Sandy: Airlines cancel flights at Stewart Int'l, Westchester Co. airports
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Airlines - including Jet Blue, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways Express - were canceling both inbound and outbound flights at Hudson Valley airports Sunday, as Hurricane Sandy churned up the coast, airline and airport officials said.
The cancellations were for flights Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday. Only minor delays were reported in Sunday afternoon flights at both airports.
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JetBlue canceled more than 1,000 flights nationwide from Sunday night through Wednesday morning, spokeswoman Victoria Lucia said. United scrapped flights along the East Coast and said service is expected to resume Tuesday.
Carriers also were grounding flights at the major metropolitan area airports, John F. Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia, the Port Authority said in a statement. Despite the disruptions, the agency said the airports would remain open for now.
JetBlue said it would allow travelers whose itineraries went through one of the New York City metropolitan area airports from Oct. 28 through Oct. 31 to rebook through Nov. 4 without penalty.
The hurricane has prompted airlines to cancel more than 3,000 flights nationwide, according to flight tracker FlightAware.com. More than 265 of those cancellations were at Newark Liberty International Airport. The service said United, with hubs at Newark and Washington D.C., likely would feel the disruption most acutely.
Airlines did not offer firm timetables when service would resume at area airports. Passengers were urged to consult the websites of the carriers for scheduling and reservation exchange information.