Posted on: August 30, 2011
Airlines working to relieve backlog
East Coast airports reopened Monday, but air travel was one big headache for anyone trying to fly.
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Carriers had moved planes and crew members out of Hurricane Irene’s path prior to the storm, and they had to get them back to airports yesterday.
More than 1,680 flights were cancelled on Monday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.
The outlook is brighter today. The airlines hope to have all scheduled flights in the air, but passengers have been warned of jam-packed flights due to backlog.
Compound that situation with the upcoming Labor Day weekend travel, and the scramble for seats could be fierce.
“It will take a few days for everyone to get where they want to go,” according to a JetBlue spokesman.
Amtak plans to restore services along its Northeast Corridor today. Acela Express trains will operate between New York and Boston, but no regional trains will run north of Philadelphia.
Many rail lines are still impassable due to fallen trees and downed power lines.