More Than 6,000 Flights Expected to be Canceled


All inbound and outbound flights at Boise Airport were landing or taking off on time as of Saturday morning, with no direct flights traveling further east than Chicago or Minneapolis/St. Paul. But the ripple effects are expected to hit every airport sometime in the next two days, and airlines begin canceling flights in earnest to avoid Hurricane Irene.

The five main New York City-area airports were closed to flights beginning at noon today. Hundreds of flights were instantly affected. Over the next three days, it's expected that more than 6,000 flights could be canceled at airports up and down the East Coast. United canceled 2,300 flights today and Sunday, and Delta canceled 1,300 flights through Monday.

Irene is expected to move over the New York region on Sunday, then weaken in New England by Monday morning.