SAA helps passengers stranded by Sandy

2012-10-30 08:37
Senior hurricane specialist Dan Brown, right, points to a satellite image of Sandy to James Franklin, chief hurricane specialist, at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. (Alan Diaz, AP)

Senior hurricane specialist Dan Brown, right, points to a satellite image of Sandy to James Franklin, chief hurricane specialist, at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. (Alan Diaz, AP)

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Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) has stepped in to help US-bound passengers stranded in South Africa due to cancelled flights in and out of New York.

Hundreds of passengers were affected after Hurricane Sandy stopped all flights in and out of New York, reported the TimesLive.

SAA said it had made a bigger aircraft available to fly passengers to Washington on Monday night.

Among the stranded passengers was a marathon runner wanting to take part in the New York Marathon, which was scheduled to go ahead as planned, said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

International relations and co-operation department spokesperson Nelson Kgwete confirmed that there are South Africans who are spending an extra day or two in New York because of the storm.

"It is hard to work out the exact numbers, but those who need consular assistance can contact our consulate in New York," Ngwete said.

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