TNI Bureau: Around 5000 flights have been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, which is being described as the largest storm ever to head to the US. Even subway and bus services have been affected and evacuation has been ordered in five states in the US.
As per the flight-tracking service FlightAware, 1,100 flights were canceled on Sunday afternoon. On Monday, nearly 4000 flights were cancelled. More than 857 flights were cancelled at Newark, 632 at New York’s Kennedy Airport and 500 cancellations at LaGuardia and Philadelphia International airports. The number of flights cancellation is expected to rise if the condition does not improve.
The hurricane has forced to cancel flights of American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta. The inconvenience has affected across the US and the Atlantic, affecting travelers mostly in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Paris.
The international flights were also affected due to the powerful storm. Air France has canceled four Monday flights. Lufthansa canceled three flights to the Northeast and one flight out of Newark.
The US administration is taking up measures to face the Hurricane Sandy, which is heading towards north from the Caribbean with 75 mph. The Sandy has already resulted in death of at least 65 persons in the Caribbean. It was expected to move left toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey where it is further expected to collide with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
Schools and educational institutes remained closed in New York ahead of the massive storm, which is approaching the eastern belt of the US. Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate coastal areas on Sunday as a precautionary measure.