Badly hit: The scene at Atlantic City, New Jersey, as the storm takes hold. *AFP photo
Badly hit: The scene at Atlantic City, New Jersey, as the storm takes hold. *AFP photo

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31: Hurricane Sandy has sparked travel chaos for many air travellers as several airports have shut down and numerous flights been cancelled.

Hundreds of islanders are thought to be stranded in cities along the east coast of the US waiting for the all clear to travel back.

While many visitors to Bermuda have been forced to delay their return journeys because of the storm and its impact.

Gary Kent-Smith from C Travel told the Bermuda Sun: “For some it has been pretty chaotic, not only for people living here but for lots of people trying to come back this weekend after the school break. A lot of people, including some teachers, have been stuck in Miami and Puerto Rico.

“Hurricane Sandy has had a significant impact on many people’s travel plans but it would have been a lot worse if this had taken place between July and August when more people travel.

“It is just a question of waiting for the airports on the east coast to open up again.

“There is not a lot we can do until then.”

To date more than 20 flights into Bermuda have been cancelled as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which has wreaked havoc along the east coast of America and Canada.

A total of 10 flights were cancelled yesterday, and there are expected to be more flights grounded today.

Kim Darrell, travel manager for Meyer Franklin Travel, added: “The people trying to get out of Bermuda have pretty much had to call off their trips unless they are medical emergencies.

“Right now the only way we are getting people back home is through Toronto and Atlanta.

“The rest of the airports are shut.

“It is a difficult situation and a huge problem.

“There have been people trying to get to medical appointments in the US and businessmen have had to cancel their events.

“In many cases we are having to rebook people’s tickets and then rebook them again. It’s been pretty hectic and very difficult to accommodate everyone.”