Airline operations in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, especially the New York and Philadelphia areas, are being severely impacted today due to the approaching Hurricane Sandy which is expected to make landfall today on the coast of New Jersey. Airlines are canceling thousands of flights due to the large wind field (please see the map above). The approaching storm is affecting operations all the way to the Great Lakes due to expected high winds, storm surge and heavy rain. Most airlines have canceled their entire operations in the affected areas and moved aircraft away from this large region. According to media reports, over 7,000 flights have been canceled.
Due to the nature of this slow-moving storm moving over a large area (see map below), airline operations in this large region could be impacted for a week. This storm will affect the bottom lines of many carriers in this region.
Read the full story from the Washington Post: CLICK HERE
Read the full story from the New York Times: CLICK HERE
Many of our readers are in this area, so please be safe.
Above: The expected winds in the area for today from The National Hurricane Center (NOAA).
Below: The hurricane forecast track from the The Hurricane Center (NOAA).