Sandy cancels Honolulu flights

Published On: Oct 30 2012 10:09:43 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 30 2012 03:32:39 PM HST

Superstorm Sandy created a nightmare on Monday for travelers.  Flights departing and arriving in Honolulu had to be canceled and could create a domino effect for the next few days for those wanting to leave the islands.

Alert travelers never even arrived at the airport knowing well their flights had already been canceled.

Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines nonstop flights to the East Coast, including Washington D.C., Newark, and New York were all grounded for the second straight day.

That could create a traveling nightmare for those leaving or arriving in the islands.

"It'll likely take three to four days after the storm passes for things to get back to normal.  By next weekend, most travelers should be where they needed to go," said ABC News Travel & Lifestyle Editor Genevieve Shaw Brown.

Hawaiian Airlines says it plans to fly two planes to JFK International Airport on Tuesday, weather permitting, and only if the airspace is clear.

On Monday, less than 10 percent of the normal air traffic flew to the U.S. East Coast.

Whether it's Hawaii, New York, Boston or a host of other cities the frustration for passengers is growing.

State workers from the Department of Transportation even set up an area in the airport for stranded travelers.  But, the DOT says it hasn't been used.

Hotels including the Hilton Hawaiian Village reported many of its guests extended their stays to avoid waiting at the airport.


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