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August 29, 2011

Airlines getting East Coast operations back up and running after Hurricane Irene

Airlines are slowly but surely getting their operations back on line following the weekend wrath of Hurricane Irene.

As of Monday morning, all of New York City's major airports had reopened for arriving and departing flights. However, carriers were still cancelling hundreds of flights as aircraft are being moved back into place for normal daily operations.

According to FlightAware.com, there are 1,448 flight cancellations on monday mostly at Newark, JFK, LaGuardia, Boston Logan and Philadelphia airports. The flight tracking website reported there have been 13,416 flight cancellations from Saturday through Monday.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport had about 50 cancellations on each day this weekend, all to East Coast airports. The airport said it had about 85 stranded passengers spend the night in the terminal on Saturday and 150 overnight on Sunday as well as 40 additional aircraft that airlines had moved to D/FW to keep them out of the path of the storm.

There were a handful of cancellations Monday morning but airport spokesman David Magana said the airport operations were "pretty much back to normal."

American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said the carrier had 89 flight cancellationson Monday while the regional carrier American Eagle had 79. Most of the cancellations were early in the morning as the airports in the northeast began to re-open.

-Andrea Ahles 

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