Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Travel Tuesdays: Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of the destructive path of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of flights coming out of the East Coast, and especially New York's JFK and New Jersey's Newark, have been cancelled for safety purposes. As New York's JFK International Airport is a hub for many domestic and international flights, this has caused about 50,000 people to have to cancel travel plans or change them.

While all European, Asian, and U.S. airlines are prepared to take an financial hit, it will be most costly to many European airlines who have a "duty of care" to put up their travelers in hotels and pay for accommodations during this time. There are no laws for this for U.S. airlines. Above everything, all airlines are making the safety of their passengers their highest priority. Some airlines are offering the opportunity to rebook their flights at no cost.

Airlines are hopeful that once the storm subsides, it will not take long to get the stranded passengers to their destinations. CNN's Richard Quest explained that airlines have "sophisticated recovery programs" which are already in the works and working out schedules for the next few days to restore the schedule.

If you are traveling during this time, we wish you safe travels. For those on the East Coast, we hope that you are safe!

For more information, please visit: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/travel/hurricane-sandy-flight-cancellations/index.html

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