CHARLOTTE, N.C. TheStreet) -- Airlines including United ( UAL - Get Report) and US Airways ( LCC) were planning to resume service to New York today after shutdowns were put into place for Hurricane Irene. Carriers cancelled about 11,000 flights through Monday, generally acting preemptively, because the current practice is to
favor pre-cancellations in weather events so that airlines will be better-positioned to resume service once weather eases. Also, the Internet -- via Web sites and social media including Twitter -- makes it far easier to communicate with passengers than it once was. All carriers are advising customers to check their Web sites for the latest flight information.
US Airways will begin to resume operations today in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. "Our goal is to be back to a full schedule tomorrow," said spokeswoman Michelle Mohr. In all, US Airways cancelled just under 2,400 flights due to Hurricane Irene over a three-day period. At Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the carrier's largest hub with a few hundred daily flights to key East Coast airports, "today looks like a regular day," Mohr said. American ( AMR - Get Report) said it will have normal schedules in place by noon or sooner in all cities, but expects about 88 cancellations on Monday. Delta ( DAL - Get Report) said it will resume operations in New York and other East Coast cities by early afternoon today. Delta has canceled about 400 of its 5,500 scheduled flights on Monday, Between Saturday and Monday, Delta cancelled about 2,200 -- or 13% -- of its 16,500 scheduled flights. United and Continental said they will resume flights at noon from Newark Liberty, Kennedy and LaGuardia, in some cases flying employees from other locations to New York to assist co-workers. Service will also resume Monday at other airports where service was suspended Sunday, including Boston; Providence, R.I.; White Plains, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn; Portland, Maine; Manchester, N.H., and Albany, N.Y. United and Continental canceled 2,265 flights over August 27 and August 28 and pre-canceled an additional 437 flights for August 29, due to Hurricane Irene. Other airlines were also rebuilding their schedules Monday. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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