Extra flights for New York airports
Tags: British Airways, London Gatwick airport, London Heathrow airport, New York, Virgin
UK airlines have been laying on extra flights to help Britons stranded in New York.
A number of flights had to be cancelled over the weekend as Hurricane Irene struck the east coast of America, leaving some passengers waiting for flights out of the New York area.
British Airways, which flies to New York from London airports including Heathrow, put on extra services from Newark in New Jersey to help its passengers get home.
The airline also offered an extra flight back to London from JF Kennedy airport in New York.
Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic laid on two extra flights from New York to London in a bid to help its stranded passengers.
Passengers at major UK airports such as Gatwick and Stansted were left facing the possibility of disruption over the weekend as operators anticipated the effects of Hurricane Irene.
A BA spokesman said: “Quite a few people have been on to us, or gone online, to rebook. We are allowing people affected by the cancellations to rebook to a later date.”
Virgin and BA were both able to resume their normal New York and Newark flight schedules by Monday.
BA normally offers seven return flights a day from London to New York, and three returns a day between London and Newark.
Virgin runs five return flights a day to both airports.
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