Thousands of flights cancelled ahead of Hurricane Sandy - WKRN News 2

Thousands of flights cancelled ahead of Hurricane Sandy

Posted: Updated: Oct 29, 2012 11:56 AM CDT

Thousands of flights have been canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, including some flights to and from Nashville International Airport.

According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, as of Monday morning, nearly 7,500 flights had been canceled for Sunday and Monday.

American Airlines, Jet Blue and Delta planned to cancel all flights in and out of New York's three big airports, causing a rippling affect across the country.

The cancellations are threatening to stop air travel for at least two days.

Flights from Nashville to New York City, Newark, New Jersey, Norfolk, Virginia, Baltimore and Washington DC were all among the long list of cancellations.

Travelers are urged to check with airline carriers before heading to the airport. Callers should be aware that passengers were reporting multi-hour wait times at airline call centers Sunday.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at airlines across the country Sunday as airlines began canceling flights.

In Nashville, Debbie Meyers and her daughter Annie were left stuck in Music City.

"We thought we were one of the few people getting in to the East Coast, we're going to New Hampshire, and we got here and it's canceled," Debbie Meyers said.

Katie Sims and her sister had to deplane Sunday night at BNA after their flight to Norfolk was canceled too.

With the first flight out not available flight until Thursday, Monday, they decided to book a flight to Oklahoma City to visit family while they wait.

"So we might as well hang out with my mom until we can get back home," Sims said.

Officials expect things to get back to normal within three to four days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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