Airlines count Hurricane Sandy cost

31 / 10 / 2012

  • Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the USA’s Northeast coastline

    Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the USA’s Northeast coastline

AIRFREIGHT industry operators are counting the cost after Hurricane Sandy lays waste to the USA’s Northeast coastline.

Despite the extensive damage and disruption to operations some carriers appear to have fared better than others. 

Lufthansa Cargo had no freighter cancellations but the company says shipments were delayed due to passenger services being affected.

“The situation is slowly getting back to normal,” a spokesman reveals. 

More than 13,000 flights were cancelled and freight container operations in New York and New Jersey were reportedly shut down on the Monday 29 October, ahead of the storm hitting.

Delta Cargo says all its facilities were open for business two days later. 

However, a spokesman states: “Flight operations to some airports are limited or will not begin until at least Thursday.  

“All flights to LaGuardia are cancelled and we do not yet know when they will resume.  We are awaiting information from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

He continues: “John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will resume limited operations and should operate a close-to-normal schedule on Thursday, along with Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.”