Airlines & Airports Prepare For Frankenstorm Sandy

Frankenstorm from Space

Hurricane from Space

Airlines Prepare For East Coast Storm

Several major carriers including American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and yes, evenHawaiian Airlines(with their New York Kennedy (JFK) to Honolulu (HNL) flight) have established weather waivers for passengers scheduled to fly through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States.

As of 7:00am EDT, Saturday, October 27, Southwest Airlines does not have a waiver in place. Southwest has issued a simple statement indicating, “Southwest Airlines is closely monitoring the conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy. At this time, we are operating our scheduled service to/from all our Southwest locations.”

As the forecast becomes fine-tuned, air carriers will begin to preemptively cancel flights and reposition aircraft to other cities away from the storm.

If your travels take you to, from, or through the the Mid-Atlantic region or Northeast states, check directly with your airline regarding their precise weather waiver. If you’re looking to get out of the east coast, some airlines are allowing passengers to depart early.

Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and United Airlines all have large hubs in the region the storm is likely to hit:

  • Delta operates two NYC hubs – a domestic hub at New York LaGuardia (LGA) and an international hub at New York Kennedy (JFK)
  • JetBlue operates hubs at New York Kennedy (JFK) and Boston-Logan (BOS)
  • United operates hubs at Washington Dulles (IAD) and Newark Liberty (EWR)
  • US Airways operates a hub at Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington National Airport (DCA).

While the mainstream media has been reporting a possible storm for several days now, based on models, the most recent weather models are coming into agreement.

Washington Dulles Airport

Washington Dulles Airport Before Frankenstorm Sandy

Airports Prepare For Storm

Airports in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States are preparing for the likely impact of what has become coined, the ‘Frankenstorm.’ The Washington DC area is likely to encounter the storm, leaving the area airports, Washington Dulles (IAD) and Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) to prepare.

As part of the preparation, the airports are working to secure all items on the airfield, as well as testing electric back-up generators and clearing storm drains prior to the storm.

Chris Browne, Airport Manager, Dulles International Airport, said, “As part of regular preparation for any regional weather event, we work with our airlines and tenants to ensure the traveling public are safe at our airport.” Browne continued, “We are meeting frequently with our airport partners to discuss plans as more details becomes available about the possible storm track.”

Down on the Potomac River they’re getting ready at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) where Airport Manager, Paul Malandrino, said, “In addition to readying our airfield for severe weather, we are working with our concessions to make sure they have adequate staffing and supplies for our customers in case there are significant flight delays or schedule changes.” Malandrino added, “We are coordinating closely with airlines about the approaching storm.”

The Washington D.C. Airports Authority will be updating their official Twitter account @dcairports about storm preparation and will retweet airlines as they make changes related to the storm.

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