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16,000 Flights Cancelled Due to Hurricane Sandy


Airlines have canceled nearly 16,000 flights nationwide, including about 500 in or out of Los Angeles, since Sunday because of the storms pummeling the East Coast.

Today, the 10 airlines at LAX reported 182 cancellations — 92 departures and 90 arrivals — to and from cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Nancy Suey Castles of LAX said.

LAX officials urged departing passengers and motorists picking up passengers to check with airlines before heading to the airport. Flight status information at LAX is available at

The FAA’s website also provides up-to-the-minute conditions at all U.S. airports at Click on “Airport Status and Delays.”

According to this morning, “it is unlikely there will be scheduled flight operations to/from NYC today, and some airlines have begun canceling flights on Wednesday.”

The website said more than 15,770 cancellations had been reported nationwide because of the storm.

— 1,300 flights canceled Sunday;

— 7,791 flights canceled Monday;

— 6,047 flights canceled so far today; and

— 635 flights canceled for Wednesday.

“We expect the number (today and Wednesday) to rise once damage can be assessed and re-open times are communicated,” the website reported.

As of about 9 p.m. Monday, 10 airlines had canceled 304 flights at LAX because of Hurricane Sandy, which has been blamed for at least 10 deaths in New York City. Since coming ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., with winds of about 80 mph, the storm is now called a cyclone.

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