Hurricane Sandy Update: Newark, JFK International Airport Resume Limited Flights; LaGuardia Airport Remains Closed [VIDEO]
Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, flights headed to the East Coast have resumed since Tuesday as airports are slowly returning to operation including limited services in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International. Other airports affected by Hurricane Sandy include those in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston. While the recovery process is slowly taking shape, New York City's second international hub, LaGuardia Airport, suffered extensive damages and will remain closed without a timetable.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's engineers are still on location to assess the damages at LaGuardia. Miles of LaGuardia is currently submerged in saltwater and even damaged terminal walls, Port Authority said. Potential damages also include the runway suspended over East River after a barge had struck its pilings during the Superstorm.
Despite the damages and the work necessary to rebuild LaGuardia Airport, Brett Synder of Cranky Concierge air travel assistance service said, "It could have been a lot worse, but this is a lower demand travel time so there is more slack in the system to recover than you'd find in the holidays."
More optimistic airlines including American Airlines and Delta Air Lines made statements expecting LaGuardia's resumed operation as early as Thursday. United Continental and JetBlue played it safe, announcing that the companies would wait for Port Authority confirmation. In fact, JetBlue even stated, "LaGuardia may not be open for some time due to infrastructure damage."
In total, FlightAware.com has reported a total of 20,660 cancelled flights for the week. Leading the ranks in number of cancellations include LaGuardia Airport on top, followed by Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International, Philadelphia International, and Reagan National Airport.
According to Buckingham Research analyst Dan McKenzie, the U.S. airline industry will likely experience dramatic fourth-quarter profit falls of $25 million to nearly $45 million per airline company.
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