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Storm Causes Massive Flight Cancellations

January 12, 2011 - 8:26 AM | by: David Lee Miller

LaGuardia Airport in New York City early Tuesday morning was eerily quiet.  Most passengers were scared away by news of massive cancellations.  Less than a dozen people were slumped over in chairs trying to sleep.  Airline workers stood idly at their posts.

Both American and United Airlines ticketing agents said the first departures would not take place until late this afternoon. Port Authority officials said in total 675 flights were canceled at LaGuardia. Kennedy Airport had 300 cancellations and 440 were reported at Newark Liberty in New Jersey. McArthur Airport on Long Island was forced to close because of the storm.

In Boston at Logan Airport there were no arrivals or departures, but the airport remained open. Philadelphia fared slightly better with dozens of outbound and inbound flights also canceled.

Passengers rebooking on Amtrak can also expect a tough travel day. Authorities say a fallen tree near Sharon, Massachusetts damaged an overhead power system causing the temporary suspension of Acela Express and Northeast regional train service between New York City and Boston.

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