Superstorm Sandy - have you been affected?

Hurricane Sandy hits the East coast of America.
Hurricane Sandy hits the East coast of America.

The travel plans of thousands of British travellers remain in disarray after Superstorm Sandy battered parts of the East Coast of the US overnight.

Many British holidaymakers are stranded in the US after the deadly weather phenomenon caused airline companies to cancel flights to and from the UK for the second day running, while a large number of tourists have been forced to stay at home.

A total of 59 flights - 47 departures and 12 arrivals - were cancelled from Heathrow airport yesterday and many scheduled services will now not leave the tarmac today.

British Airways axed all of its flights to and from New York, Newark, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston and Philadelphia, and 11 of today’s return flights to and from the East Coast have been cancelled.

They include flights to New York JFK, Newark, Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

All flights to and from Boston are planned to operate as normal, the airline said last night.

Virgin Atlantic also had to scrap its East Coast services yesterday, cancelling flights to and from New York, Newark, Boston and Washington.

The company also axed flights from Newark and New York that were due to arrive at Heathrow this morning.

UK airports were advising passengers due to travel to the US to contact their airline before travelling.

Those Britons - and others - due to take internal flights in America yesterday found that more than 7,000 services had been axed. Among carriers which had to cancel flights were US Airways, American Airlines and Delta.

Britons already in America were contending with shut-down public transport, with bus and train services in New York and Philadelphia among those affected.

LET US KNOW IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE SUPERSTORM, CONTACT OUR NEWSDESK ON 01253 361865 OR E-MAIL PAUL.FIELDING@BLACKPOOLGAZETTE.CO.UK.