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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Aer Lingus to run US flights but warns of delays

AER Lingus is planning to operate at least eight transatlantic flights to and from US airports today as Hurricane Sandy continues its destructive path along the north-east coast of America.

The airline said it planned to operate flights between Dublin and Shannon to and from Chicago, Orlando and Boston today.

Its EI 105 flight from Dublin to New York and from New York to Dublin today have been cancelled.

Flights EI-109 Dublin to New York and EI-108 New York to Dublin are scheduled to operate but this may be subject to change.

Customers will be updated on an ongoing basis via SMS messaging, broadcast media and aerlingus.com.

A spokesman said the airline planned to operate other flights to and from New York but these may be subject to change.

The Irish carrier cancelled all 10 of its flights yesterday to and from New York and Boston. Three US airlines also cancelled their flights to Philadelphia, New York and Boston. However, Aer Lingus flights between Chicago and Dublin operated to schedule.

Customers affected by cancellations can re-book flights up to Friday, November 30 at no additional charge or can cancel their bookings and apply for a refund.

A four-year-old boy with an incurable illness was among thousands of passengers grounded by the cancellations.

Dangerous

Liam Heffernan was due to return to the Weill Cornell University in New York where he received pioneering treatment for Batten disease, the illness that claimed the life of his sister Saoirse (5) last year.

Liam's parents, Tony and Mary from Castledrum, Keel, Co Kerry, decided it would be too dangerous to travel.

Although it won't save Liam's life, the Heffernans hoped that by bringing him back to be assessed, it would help other children who may suffer from Batten disease, a rare inherited degenerative disorder of the nervous system.

Irish Independent

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