BOSTON (CBS) – Logan Airport has a day-and-a half to get its operations back to normal before Thursday and the start of the long travel Labor Day Weekend.
The airport is expected to resume full operation by some time Tuesday as planes are flown back into Boston. The first carrier to resume service was Cape Air.
In related travel developments along the important northeast corridor, Amtrak has announced that its service to New York and Washington will not be restored until at least Tuesday.
Bus service by the many lines serving Boston and New York returned to a regular schedule by 8:00 a.m. Monday at South Station. With rail service shut down, the bus terminal was very busy with long lines waiting to board buses.
By the time things return to normal, over 500,000 incoming and outgoing airline passengers will be forced to change their plans by Hurricane Irene. The airlines have waived their change fees for rescheduled flights. All of this has taken place in one of the busiest travel weeks of the summer.
Many planes will be repositioned into Boston from as far away as Florida. Another problem facing the airlines is assembling local crews to fly the planes. The last few days of the month always present scheduling problems for crews that have used up their flying time for the month.
Statewide, Massachusetts tourism has taken a direct hit that is sure to total more than $50 million. Many cancellations for last weekend will not be re-booked as kids head back to school and college.
Over 12,000 flights were cancelled along the East Coast because of the storm, affecting 1.5 million passengers.
Logan Airport’s largest carrier, JetBlue, will take a hit in their third quarter earnings from the storm.
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