Nearly 200 LAX Flights Canceled Due to Superstorm Sandy

Some 200 flights at LAX were canceled, among more than 16,000 due to superstorm Sandy

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    Nearly 200 flights at Los Angeles International Airport were canceled, due to superstorm Sandy on the East Coast. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Oct. 30, 2012.

    Ten airlines canceled nearly 200 flights at LAX on Tuesday due to superstorm Sandy that has wreaked havoc on the East Coast.

    The cancelations in Los Angeles are among 16,000 nationwide that have been canceled since Sunday.

    Today, the 10 airlines at LAX reported 182 cancellations -- 92 departures and 90 arrivals -- to and from cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland and Washington D.C., said Nancy Suey Castles, an LAX spokeswoman.

    More than 300 flights in or out of Los Angeles International Airport were canceled in the previous two days.

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    Passengers worked to rearrange flight plans and camped out in the LAX terminals.

    “People just look really nervous,” said Lauren Bernet, passenger, who faced several days worth of delays. “A lot of people are just really frustrated that they can’t seem to leave L.A.”

    Some passengers were getting booked onto flights that will get them at least a little closer to their East Coast destinations.

    “It looks like I’ll be staying for a day or two in L.A.,” said Nadia Doytch who’s waiting for a flight to New York.

    Several hotels on Century Boulevard near the airport were busy booking rooms but hotel officials also reported weather-related cancelations, making room for stranded passengers.

    Superstorm Sandy shut down airports on the East Coast and knocked out power to millions of people.

    The storm has been blamed for at least 33 deaths in seven states, at least 10 of which occurred in New York City. Since coming ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., with winds of about 80 mph, the storm is now called a cyclone.

    Seven East Coast airports remained closed on Tuesday.

    “This was a devastating storm, maybe the worst we’ve ever experienced,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    LAX officials urged departing passengers and motorists picking up passengers to check with airlines before heading to the airport. Click here for flight status information at LAX.

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