According to FlightStats data, superstorm arrests Northeast air traffic with 9,978 flights canceled at New York area airports alone.
Story by Sarena Regazzoni
10/29/2012 @ 12:39 PM
(Updated 11/03/2012 @ 8:32 AM)
20,254 flights originating and arriving in North America were canceled between October 27th and November 1st. Northeast airports were impacted most with the closing of LaGuardia International (LGA), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and Newark Liberty International (EWR). Although Boston, Philadelphia and DC area airports remained open, their flight operations were close to zero on the peak storm days (October 29-31).
North American Airports with the highest number of flight cancellations:
3,713 flights canceled at (EWR) Newark Liberty International Airport
3,667 flights canceled at (LGA) La Guardia Airport
2,707 flights canceled at (PHL) Philadelphia International Airport
2,598 flights canceled at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport
1,963 flights canceled at (DCA) Ronald Regan National Airport
1,878 flights canceled at (BOS) Logan International Airport
1,678 flights canceled at (IAD) Dulles International Airport
1,375 flights canceled at (BWI) Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Major US Airlines with the highest number of flight cancellations:
2,149 flights canceled by (UA) United Airlines
1,469 flights canceled by (B6) JetBlue Airways
1,454 flights canceled by (US) US Airways
1,436 flights canceled by (WN) Southwest Airlines
1,293 flights canceled by (DL) Delta Air Lines
759 flights canceled by (AA) American Airlines
Looking at the past seven years, Hurricane Sandy ranks second in terms of total number of canceled flights caused by a single weather event.
Flight cancelations for notable US weather events in the past seven years:
North American Blizzard - 22,441 flights canceled (02/05/2010 - 02/14/2010)
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