Representatives of airlines from AirTran, American, Continental, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United, U.S. Airways, Spirit, and Southwest reported, in total there have been 9726 trip was canceled because of bad weather since last Saturday. Of that amount, at least 1 335 flights canceled on Tuesday, when the major airports throughout the region slowly returns to normal.
“With all the cancellations and delays, it will take two or three days for airlines to be on regular schedule,” said Thomas Bosco, general manager of LaGuardia Airport, New York. By Tuesday night, LaGuardia still operating, but has not reached normal conditions, is 70 flights per hour, said Bosco.
John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Newark Liberty in northern New Jersey was opened for traffic arrivals and departures at six o’clock on Monday, said Airport Authority spokeswoman, Sara Joren.
AirTran spokesman, Christopher White, said the airline did not plan any cancellations again on Tuesday after cancel 81 flights on Monday. Instead, White said, AirTran plans to operate additional flights from LaGuardia, Boston’s Logan Airport and White Plains, and New York’s Westchester County Airport for those who can continue the journey.
Delta Air Lines canceled 300 flights on Tuesday, and still faces surgery reduction in JFK and Newark because the problem of the runway, his spokesman said, Trebor Banstetter. “We hope to return to full schedule of JFK tomorrow morning, and in Newark at noon tomorrow,” said Banstetter.
However, the slow recovery of abandoning many passengers want to go home. Zarmeen Hussain and his family knew their flight to New Jersey, scheduled for Monday night, might be canceled. However, they do not expect a delay of four days. “We are very confused and was like, ‘Oh God’,” said Hussain from the hotel in Atlanta, on Tuesday morning. She, her husband, and her daughter was in Georgia for college reunion and was told that they were most rapid flight will be available on Friday. “We think to rent a car, but car rental companies charge U.S. $ 2,000,” Hussain said, laughing. He said many car rental company ran out of the vehicle.
Julie Stratton are in similar circumstances. He is scheduled to fly from New York to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, but finally sleep at LaGuardia Airport. Stratton said Monday, he was told that he may be unable to fly until Thursday. “This is not the best scenario, no,” he said. “But you have to make the best of the (conditions) it. Nothing else can you do.”
The storm that has made domestic and international tourists stranded causing the blinding snow and wreak havoc from the Carolinas to Maine. Monday night, more than 4155 flights have been canceled, as thick as 32 inches of snow piled on everywhere, and winds reaching 80 miles per hour.