Houston, 29 October (Argus) — US airlines suspended operations across the mid- and north-Atlantic US coast region until at least 31 October ahead of Hurricane Sandy's landfall, which is expected later today.
The approaching category 1 storm disrupted operations at New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, and at nearby Newark airport in New Jersey. American Airlines cancelled operations at 22 airports from North Carolina to New York yesterday, including the Philadelphia airport and Reagan National in Washington, DC. The carrier also warned that damage could require continued cancellations and delays beyond 31 October.
Southwest Airlines, the largest overall and domestic US carrier, cancelled operations at 10 airports, including Dulles in Washington, DC, and Boston's Logan airport. Yesterday Southwest cancelled 58 flights in the region. Today the airline expects to cancel 730 flights — almost 20pc of all scheduled flights for the day — as the storm comes ashore.
Delta Air Lines and US Airways at noon had not yet posted any changes to their operations in the region.
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