Airlines have canceled 21 Sea-Tac departures to the East Coast today as Hurricane Sandy makes its landfall in the Northeast. Twenty-two flights from that region has also been canceled.
Those arrivals and departures are among 7,447 flights canceled nationwide, said FlightStats.com, a Portland-based flight-tracking site, as the hurricane brings torrential rain, high winds and storm surges to the East.
United Airlines canceled flights from Sea-Tac to Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Newark today. Alaska Airlines canceled flights to Newark, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. US Airways canceled two morning flights to Philadelphia from the Puget Sound area, and American Airlines canceled a single flight to New York’s JFK Airport. JetBlue Airways canceled flights later today to New York and Boston.
Arrivals from those same cities, as well as one from Atlanta, have been deleted from airlines’ Monday schedules.
More flights are likely to be called off Tuesday as the hurricane’s winds move through the area and sweep inland. Already 1,814 flights originally scheduled for Tuesday had been cancelled by midday Monday, according to Flightstats.
Alaska Airlines is allowing passengers whose flights were canceled to rebook at now additional charge. The SeaTac-based airline’s website has details.
Other airlines have similar arrangements. Check their websites for specifics.
The flight cancellations haven’t caused any particular issues at the airport, said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper.
“We’re and origination and destination airport, so most people scheduled for those flights are just waiting it out at home,” said Cooper. “We’re not like the big hub airports where people are camping out because their connecting flights were cancelled,” he said.
About 73,000 passengers are expected to use the airport today, a significantly lower figure than the peak summer or holiday days when 100,000 people pass through Sea-Tac.
“This is a pretty calm day here,” said Cooper.
The mass cancellations at other airports are likely to begin affecting flights outside the region later today as flight schedules are scrambled because of the hurricane.