Flights to US resume after Hurricane Irene
Flights from the UK to US cities back on, but there is a backlog
By TTM on 30 August 2011 in News
Airports reopened for flights and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have added services to New York where flights to both JFK and Newark were shut down on Saturday and Sunday because of Hurricane Irene.
Nevertheless, passengers that are stranded in the US are warned that it may take several days to clear the backlog.
The death toll has reached 44 people as it hit the east coast yet it did not cause as much damage as feared when it passed through New York and other east coast cities.
BA said in a statement: “British Airways expects to fly a full schedule to and from US cities today. However we would urge you to check the status of your flight before travelling to the airport.
“We have introduced a flexible booking policy for customers flying to and from Boston, New York (JFK and Newark), Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore up to August 30 and whose flight has not been cancelled.”
Virgin Atlantic said: “We are focusing all our energy on a recovery plan to bring people back home. Because flights are already very full it will be a little while before everybody is accommodated.
“We have arranged additional flights however if you have already been rebooked on a flight due to leave up to and including Thursday, September 1, please do not call us. We will not be able to bring you home any sooner so please check in for your new flight as usual.”
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