Monday, 29 October 2012
Misery for UK travellers (Photos)
BA and Virgin Atlantic cancel all flights from London to East Coast states today - affecting those on half-term holiday
Up to 2,500 holidaymakers could be left stranded in New York City as state and many other areas come to standstill
More than 7,000 flights cancelled globally as Philadelphia and Newark airports each have more than 1,200 cancellations
Thousands of Britons were today stranded in America as the biggest storm in US history threatened to wipe out vast swathes of the country’s East Coast.
Hurricane Sandy is set to affect up to 50 million people, forcing the shutdown of transport networks, schools and financial markets in New York City and beyond, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, heavy rain and a surging 11ft wall of water.
Dozens of flights to and from East Coast states in the US have already been cancelled. Britons could be left in the U.S. for days as flights back to London and Manchester have been cancelled and those with trips booked during the half-term school holidays are being told they cannot fly to US destinations.
It comes as nearly 7,500 flights have been canceled globally according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware as tens of thousands of stranded passengers wait out the storm.
The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.
Delays rippled across the U.S., affecting travelers in cities such as San Francisco to Chicago, and disruptions spread to Europe and Asia, where airlines canceled or delayed flights to New York and Washington from cities that are major travel hubs including Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Travelers such as businessman Alan Shrem, who was trying to return home to Boca Raton, Florida after attending trade fairs in Hong Kong and China's Guangzhou, were facing long waits for a new flight.