Hurricane Sandy Forces Thousands Of Flight Cancellations, Flight Map Shows Barren Spot Over New York And DC

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the Northeast and New England states, airlines have been moving aircraft out of the way and suspending service from Washington, D.C. to New York.

Above is a real-time flight map of all flights along the usually busy east coast of the United States at 9:25am this morning.

Nearly 9,000 flights have been cancelled so far as a result of the impending hurricane dubbed Frankenstorm, a massive 800 mile wide hurricane with tropical storm force winds extending outwards up to 700 miles.

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While Newark, JFK and Laguardia airports remain open, no flight activities are planned for today and part of tomorrow.  The same with Philadelphia.  Baltimore-Washington and DCA have a near total flight suspension as well.

Most airlines do not plan to resume operations at the affected airports until tomorrow afternoon.

8:00 AM EDT Mon Oct 29
Location: 36.8°N 71.1°W
Moving: NNW at 20 mph
Min pressure: 946 mb
Max sustained: 85 mph

CANCELLATIONS: United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways, JetBlue, Southwest, AirTran, Virgin America, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines.  These carriers have announced a suspsention of all flight at Washingtin-Dulles IAD, Baltimore-Washington BWI, Regan National DCA, Philadelphia PHL, Newark EWR, Laguardia LGA, John F Kennedy JFK.

Most airlines said they would shelter their planes in other unaffected cities.

INTERNATIONAL CARRIER CANCELLATIONS into DC & NYC airports:  Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Emirated, Ehtiad, Singapore, El Al, Lufthansa, British Airways, TAM, Aero Mexico, Air France, China Southern, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, Gulf Airways, Japan Airlines, Aeroflot, Air China, All Nippon Airways, China Eastern, Brussels Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, EgyptAir, Finnair, Iberia, LAN Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Air Morac, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, TACA, South African Airways.

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