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Sandy: Flight cancellations top 20,000, but start to ease

7:18 AM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
A passenger checks the departures board at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Travel in the Northeast creaked back into motion on Wednesday, a grinding, patchy recovery that made it clear that stranded travelers will struggle to get around for days to come. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP)
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The number of Sandy-related flight cancellations remained significant on Thursday, but finally started to tail off following this week's "superstorm."

Flight-tracking service FlightStats says 873 flights - most at the New York-area airports - were canceled today (Nov. 1) and that another 36 have been tomorrow because of Sandy.

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However, those numbers represent a sharp decline from the 2,899 flights that were canceled Wednesday.

And Wednesday's number was steep decline from the cancellation tallies reported on Tuesday (7,074) and Monday (7,884).

Since Saturday, airlines have been forced to cancel a total of 20,028 flights, according to FlightStats.com.

Rival flight-tracking firm FlightAware put the total of Sandy-related cancellations at 19,729 -- roughly on par with FlightStats' figure.

The biggest development today in reducing the spate of cancellations was the reopening of New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Bloomberg News reports "arrivals resumed shortly after 7 a.m. local time today, and both LaGuardia runways are open after floodwaters receded, said Pasquale DiFulco, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey."

"It's going to be a little slow today as airlines position planes and crews, but it is fully operational," DiFulco tells Bloomberg, adding schedule irregularities could persist through the weekend.

But, in a good sign for LaGuardia, Delta Air Lines -- the airport's biggest carrier -- said it hoped to be running its full schedule at the airport on Friday.

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