Monday, October 29, 2012
Flights between San Diego and the northeast were canceled today because of Hurricane Sandy, which is slinging heavy rain and strong wind at the eastern seaboard.
Jet Blue's two flights between Lindbergh Field and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City were dropped, as well as one of tomorrow's runs. The airline also canceled a flight to Logan Field in Boston.
Delta also canceled a flight to JFK.
United Airlines extended the period when customers whose flights were delayed or cancelled could rebook their itineraries without a fee.
American Airlines said it suspended operations at a number of airports until approximately midday Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Southwest Airlines also canceled flights.
According to the website nycaviation.com, Sandy's storm surge could wash over the runways at both JFK and LaGuardia Airport in New York.
US Airways canceled flights between San Diego and Philadelphia, and between San Diego and Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority urged passengers to contact their airline before heading to the airport.
"It's going to take awhile for the hurricane to pass completely, and then once it does, there's a ripple effect for all these kinds of flights,'' the authority's Katie Jones told NBC7/39.
A ripple effect of sorts was already under way. Numerous flights from several airlines that might not seem to have anything to do with the East Coast have been delayed, according to the airport authority's flight status board.
More than 8,900 flights across the country have been canceled due to the storm.
A complete flight tracker for San Diego's airport can be seen here.