US airports preparing to reopen after Hurricane Sandy hit operations

30 October 2012 (Last Updated October 30th, 2012 18:30)

John F Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, two of the three hub airports in the New York City area, are set to reopen on Wednesday after flights were grounded by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurrican Sandy

John F Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, two of the three hub airports in the New York City area, are set to reopen on Wednesday after flights were grounded by Hurricane Sandy.

Some airlines will start limited operations from JFK and Newark from Wednesday, the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey has revealed.

Stewart International Airport is running limited operations, while LaGuardia and Teterboro airports remain closed.

Logan International, Philadelphia International, Dulles International, BWI and Ronald Reagan National are also open but operating limited services.

According to flight tracking service FlightAware, over 18,100 flights have been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, with 7,043 flights cancelled on Tuesday with LGA and EWR being the worst affected with 1,200 cancellations each.

On Monday, 7,885 flights were cancelled with the worst affected being Philadelphia (PHL) with 1,529 flights written off, while each NYC airports saw around 1,100 cancellations.

FlightAware estimates that on Wednesday there could be 1,875 cancellations, a number which could rise before the NYC area airports re-open.