Service to Europe was among the air travel disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, with the full impact still to be seen. Bloomberg reported that Europe’s No. 1 hub, London Heathrow, had 59 cancellations on Monday, including 47 departures and 12 arrivals. The news service said flights involving at least half a dozen U.S. East Coast airports will be affected.
Aeroports de Paris suffered 13 canceled departures and one arrival at the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle hub and lost one flight at Orly, affecting New York, Washington, Boston and Philadelphia services. Paris-based Air France-KLM Group, Europe’s biggest airline, said customers would be offered alternative flights at no additional cost.
The Associated Press reported that Frankfurt airport canceled 12 flights, with German carrier Lufthansa scrapping three to the Northeast and one out of Newark. British Airways had to cancel all its flights – a total of 20 -- to and from New York, Newark, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia.
Because about 25% of all U.S. flights pass through New York each day, the impact was reaching to all corners of the globe.