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More than 7,000 flights canceled as major U.S. airports eye storm

October 28, 2012|By Chad Terhune
  • Airline travelers could face a long wait as Hurricane Sandy triggers thousands of flight cancellations.
Airline travelers could face a long wait as Hurricane Sandy triggers thousands… (Emile Wamsteker / Bloomberg…)

Airlines have canceled more than 7,400 flights as Hurricane Sandy nears major airports along the East Coast.

About 1,200 flights were scratched for Sunday and more than 5,500 were canceled for Monday as airlines scrambled to prepare for a potentially severe storm. An additional 640 flights were dropped for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com, an airline information service.

Many of the cancellations involved flights coming or going to New York area airports, such as Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy.

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For Monday, United Airlines had canceled nearly 800 flights and Delta Air Lines had scrubbed more than 500 flights, according to FlightAware data.

Airlines were waiving fees so travelers could rebook their flights at no charge, primarily for travel from Sunday through Wednesday.

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

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