How Sandy’s Going to Affect You

If you’re thinking about flying to the east coast of the US this week, don’t.

Seriously, just don’t.

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

After Katrina, local official take storm warnings very seriously and this one is supposed to be big. Category 1.  And they’re not taking any chances. So far, transportation has ground to a halt along the Northeast coast on Monday, stranding local rail commuters, cruise passengers and air travelers from as far away as Europe and Asia.  Air, ship, rail and even highway service has been disrupted.

Airlines canceled more than 11,500 flights for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, including more than 6,800 so far Monday alone, Flight-tracking service FlightAware said. As the storm hits later Monday, they expect this number to increase. Philadelphia’s airport was the hardest hit, with 1,220 cancellations on Monday. The service said the three New York area airports had each canceled about 1,000 flights for Monday.

Flight cancellations ripple across the country during a storm because airlines depend on planes and flight crews to handle multiple flights each day.

Because so many flights flow through the New York region each day, the storm threatened not only direct flights but any planes and crews passing through airports with massive cancellations, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington’s Dulles and Reagan.



For example, 81 departures and 84 arrivals were canceled at Los Angeles on Monday, representing 10% of the typical daily flights, according to the FlightAware tracking system. Only 52 Los Angeles flights were canceled Sunday and 62 on Tuesday, but that number could rise as airlines determine when they can resume full operations on the East Coast again, says Mark Duell of FlightAware.

“It’s not just what’s happening in the next couple of days when all these flights are canceled,” says Robert Herbst, a former airline pilot who became an independent consultant as founder of AirlineFinancials.com. “It’s what comes after. The nightmare of trying to reposition all the flight crews and all the aircraft where they originally need to be for a schedule that is set up weeks in advance.”

Many of the week’s New York to Los Angeles flights we canceled on Saturday, even though there was no rain and no breeze in sight. Why? because the airlines are keeping their planes out of New York.

Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for the industry group Airlines for America, says reducing the schedules enabled carriers “to recover more quickly when it is safe to resume operations.” With airlines waiving change fees, she suggests passengers consider changing travel dates to avoid the storm.

After the storm passes, airlines must move planes back to the New York region from other airports such as in Pittsburgh or Charlotte.

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do it first

“What they’ll end up having to do is ferry these aircraft and flight crews with no revenue on board,” Herbst says. “It’s a huge impact.”

Oswald, of the airports council, says officials are keeping an eye on how much water the storm will push onto low-lying airports such as JFK and LaGuardia and “do some significant damage to the system.” Subways in New York and Washington closed in anticipation of flooding, which could also hinder workers from returning to those airports to clean up.

New York and Washington, D.C., area airports remained open even though flights have been canceled.

Here’s a look at some of the latest cancellations:

Potentially paralyzing Sandy inches toward Eastern Seaboard

Potentially paralyzing Sandy inches toward Eastern Seaboard

The Federal Aviation Authority said Monday that air traffic control towers were closed at regional airports: Hartford-Brainard and Groton-New London in Connecticut; Northeast Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Atlantic City and Trenton, New Jersey; and New Castle, Delaware.

United Continental Holdings, the world’s largest air carrier, canceled 3,700 flights for Sunday through Wednesday,  because of the storm.

Delta Air Lines said it canceled approximately 2,100 flights from Sunday night through Tuesday morning.

New York suspended service on mass-transit systems for New York, Long Island, Staten Island and Metro-North. PATH train service between New York and New Jersey also was suspended.

Amtrak canceled service along the Northeast corridor for Monday, and nearly all service along the Eastern seaboard, through Tuesday.

waters rising

waters rising

Carnival Corp canceled two departures, from Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk, Va., because of the storm and shifted departures of other cruise ships.

There are  thousands of stranded travelers all stuck in and around major cities in the Northeast looking for a hotel room. You don’t want to join them.

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st. louis backed up

Also, they’re expecting recovery efforts to take days, and up to a week to restore regular airline traffic.

So far, airlines canceled 8,962 flights through Monday morning – with more expected – and two dozen airports have all but closed from Washington to Boston.

“Recovery is going to be a long-term deal, probably lasting throughout the week, given the number of displaced passengers,” says Chris Oswald, vice president for safety for the industry group Airports Council International-North America, whose Sunday night flight to Washington from Johannesburg was canceled because of the storm. So put off flying to the east until next week. Please!

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