Skies are clear again after hurricane Irene battered the East coast of the US at the weekend, but flights may be grounded for days to come while airline operators try to get services back to normal.
Despite the calmer weather, cancelled flights have left aircraft and crew displaced all over the country. This means that while conditions may be suitable for the flights to run, there are no aeroplanes or staff in the right place to carry the passengers.
To make matters worse, there is a large backlog of travellers who are itching to get flying again after their original flights were grounded.
Ten American airports on the East coast, including Newark and New York’s JFK, closed over the weekend to deal with the tropical storm. This resulted in around 12,000 flights being cancelled and 650,000 – 700,000 passengers left grounded.
Luckily, Tuesday and Wednesday are traditionally the quietest days of the week for travel, so this should give airline operators some wiggle room to deal with the backlog. Still, American Airlines are considering running extra flights to deal with the extra demand.
If you are planning to fly to or around the US over the next couple of days, remember to check your airline operator’s website to ensure your flight is still running.
A BAA spokesperson told The Telegraph “We are working closely with airlines to keep passengers up to date with the latest information.”
However, it’s not just air travel that has been halted by the East coast storm. Train travel has also been affected by Irene. All Amtrak services between Boston and Philadelphia have been cancelled because of debris on the tracks, power outages and extensive flooding.
The hurricane battered the East coast at the weekend with fierce winds and rain. It has also claimed at least 11 lives.
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