US-China flights canceled over Hurricane Sandy

2012-10-31 03:50:24 GMT2012-10-31 11:50:24(Beijing Time)  Global Times

Several flights have been canceled between Beijing and major east coast US cities, including New York City and Washington, DC in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on the US eastern seaboard on Monday.

While airports in the New York area, including John F Kennedy (JFK), La Guardia and Newark, were still closed as of Tuesday, a customer service representative from Air China said Wednesday's flights to New York and Washington, DC were not postponed. But, she said, the airline could not guarantee Wednesday's flights will take off on schedule. 

"Economy class for tomorrow's [Wednesday's] flights from Beijing to Washington is fully booked," she said, "no one has canceled their tickets yet."

Passengers will be informed if there is a change to the schedule, she said.

Luo Anping, media officer of China Eastern Airlines, said flights from Shanghai to some parts of the US have also been postponed. 

"The New York airport [JFK] will reopen later on October 31," he said.

"Flights MU587 and MU588 from Shanghai to New York have been postponed from October 30 to 31," he said. 

Other international airlines had also canceled services to New York. American Airlines said on its website that four flights between Beijing and New York, Washington, DC and Newark were cancelled Tuesday.

Hurricane Sandy, which was dubbed "Frankenstorm" is one of the biggest storms to hit the US. It has been downgraded to a post-tropical storm, and is expected to track north toward Canada, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Over 15,000 flights worldwide were canceled, and 50,000 passengers have been stranded because of Hurricane Sandy, according to CNN Tuesday.

Editor: Zhao Wei
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