BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan.05.18 – WITH much of the United States East Coast under a deep freeze resulting from the passage of a ‘bomb cyclone’ dubbed Winter Storm Grayson’, local airline representatives for carriers out of the US are keeping a close watch on the weather.
According to information coming out of the United States, airlines have been cancelling a number of domestic and international flights, with one report indicating at least 4000, owing to whiteout conditions.
General Manager for Airport Operation at TDC Airline Service, Sharlene Herbert told SKNVibes News that they are currently monitoring the situation.
She explained that though the storm would have affected some aspects of Florida, they did not see any cancellations out of that location.
She however informed, that any East Coast cancellation would be known by tomorrow, since they have American Airlines flights coming out of two destinations then.
“Well, the American [Airlines flight] out of Miami for today is on schedule, because Miami was not affected. We have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.
‘Because most of the flights come out from Miami, we have not seen any delays, but we are still monitoring flights for tomorrow.”
She noted that they have flights coming out of Charlotte and New York/New Jersey tomorrow, which has seen over 5 feet of snow in some areas, while temperatures dropped way below freezing.
In New York yesterday, flights in and out of JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports were suspended and canceled in some cases, while schools were closed, and the train services also suspended operations early.
Herbert noted that for today, some passengers might not be able to make any connections with onward flights due to the inclement weather.
According to a report in the Washington Post, American Airlines indicated that they were hopeful of resuming flights to JFK today.
The bomb cyclone brought with it hurricane type winds and bone-chilling conditions, with many in St. Kitts and Nevis keeping a close watch on the temperature.