The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

Airlines look to resume full flight schedules in New York area


 (REUTERS) - Major United States (US) airlines moved to build up service in the New York area on Thursday, with the number of cancelled flights easing as LaGuardia Airport re-opened for business in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Airlines had cancelled about 750 flights for Thursday as of late afternoon, according to flight-tracking service That was the lowest daily tally of halted flights since airlines began cutting their US flying on Sunday ahead of the storm.

Delta Air Lines expected to operate about half of its roughly 260 flights at LaGuardia on Thursday. At John F. Kennedy International, Delta operations are near the normal schedule, said spokesman Morgan Durrant.

United Continental expected to have a "more-or-less normal schedule" of flights at Newark, New Jersey, where it is the dominant carrier, and JFK, according to spokesman Charles Hobart. "We're looking to concentrate any cancellations required by airport conditions to the United Express regional operations," he added.