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Airlines regroup after Irene forces 10,000 flight cancellations

August 28, 2011 |  2:07 pm


Travelers across the country affected by widespread flight cancellations over the weekend may get a bit of relief Monday, with some airlines planning to resume service to and from much of the Eastern Seaboard.

More than 10,000 flights scheduled to depart through Monday were canceled by the airlines in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, including more than 3,900 Saturday flights, said Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Agency spokeswoman.

Because East Coast airports include major hubs for connecting international flights, travelers around the world have been delayed as well as airlines scramble to get planes and crews back into position, Bergen said.

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US Airways, which canceled all flights to or from airports serving Philadelphia, Washington, New York and Boston, hopes to resume limited service in those areas by Monday morning, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

Travelers whose flights were canceled should check for available flights, Lehmacher said.

US Airways hopes to resume normal service by Tuesday. Delta Air Lines plans to resume flights in New York and Boston around midday Monday, Bloomberg News reported.

American Airlines resumed service to Washington, North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday afternoon and planned to resume limited service to Philadelphia, New York and Boston airports Monday, said Andrea Huguely, an American Airlines spokeswoman.


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Photo: A departure board at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sunday lists many flights, mostly to the New York area, as canceled. Credit: Associated Press