WBEZ | flight cancellations http://www.wbez.org/tags/flight-cancellations Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The economics of airline cancellation http://www.wbez.org/news/economics-airline-cancellation-103756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP328816959534_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cancelling flights may leave hundreds, if not thousands of stranded passengers, but doing it early pays off for airlines, especially in the case of recent superstorm Sandy.</p><p>Two of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings&#39; biggest hubs - Newark, New Jersey and Washington Dulles - were directly in the path of Sandy. That&rsquo;s why the airline <a href="http://ir.unitedcontinentalholdings.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=83680&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1755935&amp;highlight=">said on Wednesday</a> the storm cost it $90 million worth of revenue in October.</p><p>But - this is the important part - the airline also said that lost revenue will have a profit impact of just $35 million.</p><p>Airline industry consultant <a href="http://www.rwmann.com/#Corporate%20Name%20and%20Address:">Bob Mann</a> says that&rsquo;s just the economics of what he calls &ldquo;proactive&rdquo; cancelation.&nbsp;By cancelling flights early, airlines avoid operational costs.</p><p>&quot;They avoided a lot of costs. They didn&rsquo;t fly, they didn&rsquo;t burn fuel. So in some case they didn&rsquo;t pay vendors,&quot; Mann said, via a very scratchy phone line from his home in Long Island, which is still recovering from Sandy.</p><p>Plus, the timing of this storm was fortunate in that late October to early November - basically, before Thanksgiving - is traditionally a fairly slow period for travel. That made it much easier for airlines to put stranded passengers on later flights.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;So on a net basis, the results were still material, but significantly smaller,&quot; Mann said. &quot;That&rsquo;s really the math associated with proactive cancelations.&nbsp;</p><p>How the rest of the year will play out is anyone&#39;s guess.&nbsp;The winter season hasn&rsquo;t even started yet, and there&rsquo;s no way to know how much more bad weather there will be.</p><p>As for Mann, not only is he dealing with Sandy, but he&rsquo;s also cleaning up after the Nor&rsquo;Easter snowstorm. Hopefully, that&#39;s not an indication of things to come.</p><p>&quot;This is the first time I&#39;ve ever had to shovel snow in November,&quot; he said.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/economics-airline-cancellation-103756 Chicago: Here's how Hurricane Sandy affects you http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/chicago-heres-how-hurricane-sandy-affects-you-103480 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hurricane%20sandy.flickr.nasa_.jpg" style="height: 516px; width: 620px; " title="NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:10 am EDT. (Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) " /></div><p>Even if you&#39;re not on the East Coast, the Chicago-area isn&#39;t exempt from the spray that is Hurricane Sandy. We&#39;re updating this post throughout the day(s) with all you need to know:</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The <a href="https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/">University of Chicago</a> and <a href="http://www.ugadm.northwestern.edu/">Northwestern University</a> have pushed back their Early Admissions deadlines</strong></span></span> to next week, for those affected by the storm: &quot;This extension applies to your application and all supporting documents. Please rest assured that if you are adversely affected by the storm we will happily receive your materials after November 1st with no penalty to you. Be safe!,&quot; said the UofC in a statement. Northwestern has extended their Early Decision deadline to November 7.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Flights are being cancelled all over the place</strong></span></span>, so if you&#39;re traveling, you might want to make other arrangements. <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/traffic/transit/Hurricane-Sandy-Creates-Travel-Nightmare-176237361.html#ixzz2Ahb7pL2G">NBC Chicago reported </a>that change fees are being waived by airlines at Midway and O&#39;Hare airports, and also noted that the storm &quot;led to a congested scene at O&#39;Hare Airport [Sunday night] where officials set up cots overnight for stranded passengers.&quot; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/sandy-affects-chicagos-air-travel-103486">The Associated Press reported that,</a> according to the Department of Aviation, 100 flights were cancelled at O&#39;Hare on Sunday and a dozen at Midway.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/more-550-flights-canceled-chicago-airports-103486"> As of 5:30 pm</a>, O&#39;Hare has cancelled more than 450 flights today, while Midway has cancelled more than 100.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- 240 ComEd crews</strong></span></span> from the Chicago area are heading to the East Coast to help <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/ComEd-Sends-240-Crews-East-as-Hurricane-Sandy-Approaches-176101951.html#ixzz2AhbUW8jO">combat power outages</a>&nbsp;(also via NBC Chicago).</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>-The Chicago Board Options Exchange<a href="http://ir.cboe.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=716705"> is closed today</a></strong></span>, as the New York Stock Exchange is too. Some markets at <a href="http://www.cmegroup.com/hurricanesandy.html">the Chicago Mercantile Exchange</a>&nbsp;are closed as well. The <a href="https://twitter.com/NialaBoodhoo/status/262967793484455936">AP reports</a> that financial markets will be closed again on Tuesday.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- There&#39;s a<a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localstatealerts/?areaid=ILZ014&amp;phenomena=LS&amp;office=KLOT&amp;etn=0001&amp;significance=W&amp;wxlayer=radar&amp;zoom=7&amp;camefrom=national"> lake shore flood warning in effect</a></strong></span></span> starting early Tuesday morning, with &quot;strong northerly winds of 60 to 60 MPH&quot; expected &quot;late Monday through Tuesday evening,&quot; though the waves have already picked up early Monday. Wave heights should be around 18 to 23 feet in Cook County. Identifed vulnerable spots: the Lake Shore bike path and parts of South Lake Shore Drive, all piers (uh oh Navy Pier...) and &quot;breakwalls that extend into the lake.&quot; Oh and if you live by the lake, back away slowly.&nbsp;</p><p>For Tuesday, Navy Pier will be open, but Pier Park and outside areas on the East End of the pier will be closed.</p><p>The<a href="https://twitter.com/cta/status/263042150776832000"> CTA tweeted</a>&nbsp;Monday evening&nbsp;that they are prepared to reroute transit if needed, due to a lake shore flood warning and wind advisory; city officials <a href="https://twitter.com/jilleganchicago/status/263004908935053313">announced </a>that they&#39;re prepared to close Lake Shore Drive if needed.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- If you&#39;re planning on watching Jimmy Kimmel tonight, think again</strong></span></span>: The <a href="http://tvline.com/2012/10/29/how-hurricane-sandy-affects-tv-production-schedule/">late-night host has cancelled</a> the first of his week of live shows from Brooklyn. Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman&#39;s shows will continue on--though without studio audiences, which might be interesting to watch.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>And for up-to-date coverage of how much harder it is on the East Coast:&nbsp;</strong></span></span>Paywalls for<em> The New York Times</em> and <em>Wall Street Journal </em><a href="http://mashable.com/2012/10/28/nyt-wsj-paywall-hurricane-sandy/">have been lifted</a>, as have other papers like the <em>Boston Globe</em> and the <em>Baltimore Sun</em>. And here&#39;s a helpful map from <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/oct/25/map-track-sandys-path-real-time/">our friends at WNYC</a>&nbsp;of the storm moving in real time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no" src="http://project.wnyc.org/hurricane-tracker-sandy/index.html" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/chicago-heres-how-hurricane-sandy-affects-you-103480