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Airlines Scrap Thousands of Flights as Irene Hits

Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 12:25 PM

 


NEW YORK — Travelers across America are facing days of grief ahead as thousands of flights are being cancelled because of Hurricane Irene.

Airlines are scrapping more than 8,300 flights this weekend, grounding passengers as Irene sweeps up the East Coast.

All New York City-area airports will be closed to arriving flights beginning at noon on Saturday, when the city's public transportation system shuts down. The biggest airlines, United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., canceled thousands of flights each.

The airlines declined to say how many passengers would be affected by the hurricane.

Bus and train service has also been hit. Greyhound has suspended service between Richmond, Virginia and Boston. Amtrak is reducing its Northeast schedule on Saturday and cancelling all trains from Washington to Boston on Sunday.


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