Hurricane Sandy smacked the East Coast then turned into Super Storm Sandy. Now, thousands of travelers are no doubt calling her Pain in the Neck Sandy. This, as some airports start operating as normal again others are a long ways from having a regular schedule.
The biggest issue is when New York's three area airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) reopen. That depends on how much damage the airports suffered and also whether the people who work at those airports can get to them.
MTA Chairman, Joseph Lhota, described the situation Tuesday. "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system," he said.
Sandy continues to rack up flight cancellations after crippling the busiest section of commercial airline flights in America. But it's still a long ways from being the worst single event for flight cancellations since 9/11 according to Flightaware.com
Putting Sandy in Perspective
- Snowmageddon (Feb. 1-10, 2011): 24,000 cancellations
- Super Storm Sandy 18,100 flight cancellations SO FAR
- Hurricane Irene (Aug. 25-29, 2011): 15,000 flight cancellations
Flightaware expects the number of cancellations to continue rising, as New York's three biggest airports are still a ways from reopening. If there's any good news, it's the fact the rate of cancellations should drop.
The airports in Washington, D.C., and Boston were open and resuming flights. Even Philadelphia, which had the most cancellations on Monday, was open Tuesday and expected to slowly get back to normal.