Travellers stranded as flights cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

Monday morning was a bad time to be a traveller, as hundreds of flights were grounded at two of Canada’s largest airports due to Hurricane Sandy.

At Toronto’s Pearson airport, many incoming flights from eastern Canada and the U.S. were cancelled altogether, including flights from St. John’s, New York and Washington. Fights outgoing were also delayed or cancelled.

“Due to storm activities related to Hurricane Sandy, a significant number of cancellations can be expected for flights within North America,” said a statement on the Pearson website. “Passengers are strongly advised to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.”

At Montreal’s Trudeau airport, delays and cancellations also kept passengers waiting, as outbound flights to New York, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Hartford, Conn. were cancelled. Inbound flights from those cities were also cancelled.

Flight cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy had wide-reaching effects, with the website Flight Aware reporting that nearly 7,000 flights had been cancelled in the U.S. by Monday morning.

A wind warning issued by Environment Canada Monday morning means that even more flights could be cancelled due to unsafe flying conditions.