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Hurricane forces widespread air, train cancellations

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New York and New Jersey airports cancel arriving flights
  • Irene has caused changes in itineraries for dozens of cruises
  • Greyhound bus lines canceled some trips along the Atlantic Coast

(CNN) -- Here are some of the latest travel-related developments stemming from Hurricane Irene:

There will be no incoming or outgoing flights Sunday out of the five New York-area airports -- John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Teterboro and Stewart -- operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, agency spokesman Steve Coleman said Saturday afternoon. This means there are "thousands of flights canceled, with 150 to 200 people a flight," said Coleman, speculating that "probably tens of thousands of people" are affected.

A spokeswoman for Philadelphia International Airport announced the airport will close Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and will not reopen until 4 p.m. Sunday. Victoria Lupica estimated that about 1,135 flights would be affected by the closing.

Thousands of flights have been canceled because of the advancing storm.

Major airlines -- including US Airways, American, United, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and AirTran -- dropped ticket-change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to or from many cities along the East Coast this weekend and early next week.

US Airways has canceled close to 2,200 flights between Saturday and Monday, with the bulk of those cancellations on Sunday.

The airline suspended operations Saturday at New York-area airports and will not operate out of the metro area on Sunday, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

US Airways won't operate Sunday in Philadelphia, the Washington metro area or Boston.

American Airlines has canceled all flights in the Washington area from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, said spokesman Ed Martelle on Friday.

The airline has also canceled all flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport scheduled for Saturday.

United and Continental airlines canceled 2,300 flights for Saturday and Sunday, the carriers said in a joint statement.

Delta Air Lines has canceled about 2,100 Delta and Delta Connection flights between Saturday and Monday. Delta service was suspended Saturday in Norfolk, Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia.

The airline's flights in the New York area; Philadelphia; Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, will not operate on Sunday.

JetBlue had canceled almost 900 flights by Friday night ahead of the storm. Most of those are Sunday and Monday flights out of the New York metro area and Boston, spokesman Mateo Lleras said.

AirTran has canceled more than 300 flights through Monday, according to spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver.

Southwest has 740 cancellations from Saturday through Monday.

Baltimore-Washington International is "monitoring terminal and airfield drainage, checking generators and securing any equipment that may become airborne as a result of high winds," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director.

The storm has caused changes in sailing dates and itineraries for dozens of cruises in the Northeast, Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, CruiseCritic.com reported.

North Carolina ports have closed in Morehead City and Wilmington.

Cruise ports in Nassau and Grand Bahama reopened Thursday evening, and ships are anticipated to resume calls on Saturday, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority shut down its system Saturday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will halt all service between 12:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

All PATH and New Jersey Transit rail service was stopped Saturday.

North Carolina rail transportation was canceled for Saturday. Limited passenger train travel will resume between Raleigh and Charlotte on Sunday, according to the governor's office.

Following up on widespread cancellations announced earlier, Amtrak said Saturday that all service north of Jacksonville, Florida, and east of Toledo, Ohio, and Indianapolis would be suspended through Sunday due to the hurricane.

Greyhound bus lines has canceled some trips to destinations along the Atlantic Coast.

New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission was dispatching more cabs than normal into low-lying areas where evacuations have been ordered. The drivers and riders will have a special "zone fare" system and other new rules, including mandating that pets be allowed on board and encouraging people to ride in groups.

AIR TRAVEL

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Friday night that five airports -- John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty, Teterboro and Stewart -- would be closed as of noon Saturday to all arriving international and domestic flights.

"The five airports will remain open for departing flights pending further updates," the agency said, adding that the decision to halt arrivals is being done "to avoid stranding passengers at its airports when the region's mass transit systems suspend service."

Thousands of flights have been canceled because of the advancing storm.

Major airlines -- including US Airways, American, United, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and AirTran -- dropped ticket-change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to or from many cities along the East Coast this weekend and early next week.

US Airways has canceled close to 2,200 flights between Saturday and Monday, with the bulk of those cancellations on Sunday.

The airline suspended operations Saturday at New York-area airports and will not operate out of the metro area on Sunday, said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

US Airways won't operate Sunday in Philadelphia, the Washington metro area or Boston.

American Airlines has canceled all flights in the Washington area from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, said spokesman Ed Martelle on Friday.

The airline has also canceled all flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport scheduled for Saturday.

United and Continental airlines canceled 2,300 flights for Saturday and Sunday, the carriers said in a joint statement.

Delta Air Lines has canceled about 2,100 Delta and Delta Connection flights between Saturday and Monday. Delta service was suspended Saturday in Norfolk, Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia. Washington-area flights will operate through Saturday afternoon, according to a Delta statement.

The airline's flights in the New York area; Philadelphia; Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, will not operate on Sunday.

JetBlue had canceled almost 900 flights by Friday night ahead of the storm. Most of those are Sunday and Monday flights out of the New York metro area and Boston, spokesman Mateo Lleras said.

AirTran has canceled more than 300 flights through Monday, according to spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver.

Southwest has 740 cancellations from Saturday through Monday.

Baltimore-Washington International is "monitoring terminal and airfield drainage, checking generators and securing any equipment that may become airborne as a result of high winds," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director.

CRUISE SHIPS

The storm has caused changes in sailing dates and itineraries for dozens of cruises in the Northeast, Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, CruiseCritic.com reported.

North Carolina ports have closed in Morehead City and Wilmington.

Cruise ports in Nassau and Grand Bahama reopened Thursday evening, and ships are anticipated to resume calls on Saturday, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority started a system-wide shutdown at noon Saturday.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will halt all service between 12:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said New Jersey Transit would suspend all rail, light rail, bus and Access Link Paratransit service in the New Jersey Transit system beginning at noon Saturday.

North Carolina rail transportation is canceled for Saturday. Limited passenger train travel will resume between Raleigh and Charlotte on Sunday, according to the governor's office.

BUSES, TRAINS AND ROADS

Following up on widespread cancellations announced earlier, Amtrak said Friday evening that none of its trains would be operating Sunday, and service on Saturday would be reduced.

Amtrak's cancellations include service along the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston; the Keystone Corridor between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the Empire Service between New York and Albany; the Vermonter running between Washington and St. Albans, Vermont; the Piedmont Service between Raleigh and Charlotte; Northeast Regional trains in Virginia; and several "long-distance trains."

Greyhound bus lines has canceled some trips to destinations along the Atlantic Coast.

Southbound lanes of New Jersey's Garden State Parkway were closed past Exit 98 at 8 p.m. Friday, Christie announced.

Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, tolls were suspended temporarily on the Garden State Parkway south of the Raritan River and the Atlantic City Expressway.

New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission announced Friday evening that, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, it will dispatch more cabs than normal into low-lying areas in New York where New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered evacuations. The drivers and riders will have a special "zone fare" system and other new rules, including mandating that pets be allowed on board and encouraging people to ride in groups.