All Major East Coast Airports Now Operating, but Irene’s Flight Cancellation Toll Tops 13,000
All of the major airline airports along the U.S. eastern seaboard reopened today after Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of nearly 12,000 flights over the weekend. The major airports in Boston and New York began to see arrivals early this morning and started allowing departures at around noon. By about 8 a.m., Washington, D.C. airports (Dulles and Washington National) had resumed full schedules, except for flights to/from New York City and Boston, according to the online flight tracker FlightAware.com. Total cancellations earlier today stood at 1,448, but FlightAware reported that it expected the figure to rise as the day unfolded. At the time, airlines had cancelled only eight flights for tomorrow. Total cancellations for yesterday stood at 7,804 and total cancellations for Saturday totaled 4,164. The weekend saw 11,968 cancellations, bringing the Saturday-to-Monday total to at least 13,416. According to FlightAware, Newark Liberty International saw the most cancellations today, with 365, followed by New York JFK (360), New York LaGuardia (241), Boston Logan (219) and Philadelphia International (107). Among the most affected airlines, JetBlue canceled 283 flights today, followed by ExpressJet, which scrapped 159, Delta (137), Southwest (97) and United Continental (85).