SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall later tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, has forced the cancellation of several flights, some of which were bound for Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), St. Maarten.
JetBlue, the only carrier currently offering daily direct service from New York’s JFK, has confirmed the cancellation of its Monday and Tuesday flight 788 and recommends that its passengers contact JetBlue’s reservations department at 546-7796 for assistance.
The airport’s Operations Department, however, has advised that up until the time of this release, all other carriers are operating as scheduled. It is important to note that United’s service from Newark only operates on Saturdays for now, while American’s service from JFK returns around November 15.
Passengers are urged to contact the airlines directly for further information concerning their flights.
Sandy, described by forecasters as a Category 1 “perfect storm” is bound for the densely populated East Coast of the United States, and is expected to affect about 50 million people.
Evacuations have been ordered from Maine to Maryland. Many airports have been paralyzed, with about 9,000 flights cancelled so far, according to Flight Aware. The monster storm has grounded planes throughout Europe and elsewhere because they are unable to land at their respective US destinations.