US storm Nemo spells flight chaos

2013-02-08 13:39
New York - Airlines, including SAA, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have cancelled over 2 500 flights as the northeast US braces itself for yet another winter storm.

Travelmole reports Nemo has already led to the cancellation of 2 663 flights for Friday and the disruption is expected to continue into the weekend.

British Airways has cancelled all flights to and from London and New York and Boston, except for two early morning services from JFK and from Logan back to Heathrow which it hopes will operate.

has cancelled all Boston flights but is planning to operate most of its New York services on Friday and saturday.

South African Airways has also cancelled flights to and from New York. The following flights have been affected:

Affected flights for Friday, 08 February 2013
•    SA 203, 8 February 2013, Johannesburg to New York – departure time 20:35 (JHB time).
Saturday, 9 February 2013
•    SA 204, 9 February 2013, New York to Johannesburg – departure time 10:40 (NY time).

Rescheduled flights
•    SA 207, 8 February 2013, Johannesburg via Dakar to Washington will depart at OR Tambo International Airport at 20:30 instead of the usual 18:15.

All passengers are being advised to check on the various airlines websites for the latest information before travelling to the airport.
According to FlightStats, the following cancellations have been confirmed at US airports:

648 flights at Newark Liberty International Airport
605 flights at LaGuardia Airport
512 flights at ohn F. Kennedy International Airport
514 flights at Logan International Airport
229 flights at O'Hare International Airport
122 flights at Washington Dulles International Airport
116 flights at Philadelphia International Airport

The National Weather Service said the storm could be "potentially historic" and was caused by a combination of two weather systems from the polar and subtropical jet streams. Weather warnings have been declared from New Jersey to Maine as winds are forecast to reach up to 35mph, with stronger hurricane gusts and severe snow.

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