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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Flights cancelled amid US storms

Published 30/10/2012 | 05:23

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Vehicles are submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant in New York (AP)

The travel plans of thousands of British travellers remain in disarray after Superstorm Sandy battered parts of the east coast of the US overnight, causing airline companies to cancel flights to and from the UK for the second day running.

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Many British holidaymakers are stranded in the US because of the deadly weather phenomenon while a large number of tourists due to travel across the Atlantic have been forced to stay at home.

A total of 59 flights - 47 departures and 12 arrivals - were cancelled from Heathrow airport on Monday and many scheduled services will now not leave the tarmac on Tuesday.

British Airways axed all of its flights to and from New York, Newark, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston and Philadelphia, and 11 of Tuesday's return flights to and from the east coast have been cancelled.

They include flights to New York JFK, Newark, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. All flights to and from Boston are planned to operate as normal, the airline said on Monday night.

A BA spokesman said: "We are doing all we can to help customers whose flights have been cancelled and will look to use larger aircraft on some routes when the full flying schedule resumes to help get customers to their correct destination as quickly as we can."

BA's other US flights are operating normally and the company is also flying as usual to Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

Virgin Atlantic also had to scrap its east coast services on Monday, cancelling flights to and from New York, Newark, Boston and Washington. The company also axed flights from Newark and New York that were due to arrive at Heathrow on Tuesday morning.

A Virgin spokeswoman said: "Details of arrangements for affected passengers, including rebooking and extended hotel-stay compensation, can be found on our website. Our flights to America had been very busy at the beginning of this week due to the half-term school holiday. It's very unfortunate that this major storm has come when it has."

UK airports were advising passengers due to travel to the US to contact their airline before travelling.

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