Flights to resume after Hurricane Sandy

Published Wednesday, 31 October 2012
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UK and Ireland airlines are hoping to resume flights to and from storm-lashed New York today.

Flights to resume after Hurricane Sandy
Much of New York's transport system is still deluged. (© Getty)

Most flights from New York and neighbouring Newark are still affected from the fallout of Hurricane Sandy but some flights are expected to resume later on Wednesday.

British Airways has been able to operate normal services to four other US east coast cities - Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia but says they have cancelled the majority of remaining flights to and from New York and Newark.

Virgin Atlantic has resumed its flights to London Heathrow from noon and has put on an extra flight to help get stranded passengers home.

A statement from Dublin Airport said that transatlantic flights to the East Coast continue to be affected and that passengers should contact their airline or airline's website before travelling.

Aer Lingus and Delta flights due to arrive in Dublin from New York on Thursday morning are scheduled go ahead, although the first Aer Lingus flight due at 5.24am is cancelled. Flights from Boston are operating normally.

A spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said they hope that United Airlines flights will arrive from Newark on Thursday morning.

Amanda McMullan from Killinchy, Co Down was left stranded after she travelled to the city to celebrate her 50th birthday and says she has had a "stressful" experience.

"Today New York City seems to be a bit more up and running," she said.

"Mid Manhattan where we are isn't too badly affected, there's a lot of flooding in lower Manhattan and the subways are all still closed.

"There's a lot of trees down and in around Central Park there is a big crane still dangling above West 57th Street."

She said there weren't many shops or services running on Tuesday but that things are slowly getting back to normal.

Amanda and her friends are hoping to get a flight home on Wednesday night from Newark Airport.

"We're really conscious there will probably long delays because some of the bridges still remain closed," she added.

At least 17 people across seven states have lost their lives as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the east coast.

Three of the victims are understood to be children - the youngest aged just eight.

Power has also been cut to more than six million homes and businesses, while there have been scares at two nuclear power plants and thousands of flights have been grounded.

© UTV News
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