Airlines Playing Catchup In Aftermath Of Hurricane Irene

ROMULUS (WWJ) – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, New York’s three major airports plan to resume most flights Monday — and airports in Philadelphia and Washington already have restarted service. WWJ’s Ron Dewey traveled to Metro Airport to check things out there.

Ron reports that as of Monday morning, the rest of the air network is still playing catchup. Things are very quiet at Metro for an early Monday. Presumably, eastbound travelers who double-checked their flights decided to wait on their commute to Metro until air traffic gets back closer to normal. Nine departures off the Delta Airlines board have been scratched — not only to JFK and LaGuardia — but other east coast destinations, including White Plains, NY; Providence, Rhode Island; even Montreal, Canada and Charlotte, North Carolina are still ringing out from Irene.

10 arrivals from those and other east coast locations also being scratched, including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Maine; and Vermont. Midday and afternoon flights at this point are a go, but at least four people decided not to wait for a plane. One story Ron heard out at the airport has them hiring a Metro Cars taxi to drive them to New York City, with a fare reportedly in the neighborhood of $1,000. And Monday morning, the car will beat the plane.

For up-to-date information on flight arrivals and departures, visit the Detroit Metro Airport website.

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