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Airlines cancel 3,000 flights as Hurricane Sandy nears landfall

October 28, 2012|By Chad Terhune
  • Airlines grounded thousands of flights in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy slamming into the East Coast.
Airlines grounded thousands of flights in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy… (Wilfredo Lee / Associated…)

U.S. airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights as a major storm bears down on the East Coast.

Airlines have grounded 953 flights scheduled for Sunday and nearly 2,200 flights for Monday so far because of Hurricane Sandy, according to FlightStats Inc., a flight-tracking firm.

Some of the airports most affected by cancellations were New Jersey's Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International and LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York.

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Most airlines said they were waiving fees so travelers could reschedule flights at no cost. Those restrictions were being lifted primarily for travel booked from Sunday through Wednesday.

United Airlines said it expected operations to be affected at 29 airports, from Charleston, S.C., to Portland, Maine.

Last year, Hurricane Irene caused about 14,000 flights to be cancelled during a four-day period in August.

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