Airlines, Airports – Getting Back to Normal after Hurricane Sandy

The three major New York-area airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark – are all back in business after shutting down for Hurricane Sandy, with the number of canceled flights also down sharply (and most of those are in-and-out of JFK).

LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney on the super storm:

Road Warriors – “Back in business Monday”

“Barring any unforeseen airport damage or operational issues such as the ability for staff to get to airport, road warriors should pretty much be back in business on Monday,” said air travel analyst Rick Seaney. He added, “The trend in cancellations since Oct. 29 is looking like a hockey stick in the downward direction.”

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20,000 Canceled Flights

U.S. airlines canceled about 20,000 flights between Sunday and Thursday, losing millions in revenue. It could have been worse though – as Seaney noted, the super-storm hit during one of the slower travel periods of the year and just ahead of the airlines’ busiest time, the Thanksgiving holiday.

JetBlue Passenger Offer

Among the hardest hit was JetBlue which likes to bill itself as “New York’s hometown airline.” Its website reminds passengers that it is still offering fee waivers for flight changes, as well as waiving any fare increase for those who booked tickets on or before Oct. 28 and planned to travel between then and Nov. 4 – and this is for passengers traveling to or from the following airports (names are followed by airport codes):

  • Baltimore-Washington DC (BWI)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Hartford (BDL)
  • New York – Kennedy (JFK)
  • New York – LaGuardia (LGA)
  • New York – Newburgh (SWF)
  • New York – Westchester County (HPN)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Richmond (RIC)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington Reagan (DCA)

Tip: Check with your own airline – via website, phone, Facebook or Twitter – for similar updates.

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Published: November 2, 2012