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Thousands of flights cancelled in New York as Hurricane Irene strikes


29/08/2011

Published on Aug 29, 2011

Thousand of flights were cancelled in New York yesterday when Hurricane Irene struck the Big Apple. The country’s six main carriers cancelled more than 10,300 fights as airports and airlines braced for heavy rains and strong winds. International carriers, including Air France, British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus, also grounded 128 fights to and from the northeastern seaboard yesterday. John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and three smaller facilities were closed from 12pm local time on Sunday as the storm made its way up the east coast of America. New York officials suspended train, bus and subway services and ordered the evacuation of 370,000 people from low-lying areas, reports Bloomberg. Hurricane Irene struck New York yesterday afternoon, having been downgraded to topical storm status. The city went into a state of emergency and shutdown as it was battered by 105kph winds and rain. Airports are slated to reopen from around 6am today with major airlines set to resume fights from noon onwards. All major airlines are expected to be back to full operating schedules by Tuesday morning.

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