WBEZ | Superstorm Sandy http://www.wbez.org/tags/superstorm-sandy 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 Photo of the day: October 31, 2012 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2012-10/photo-day-october-31-2012-103571 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/phule/8139647769/in/pool-32855810@N00/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="413" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/POTD_windswept.jpg" title="windswept (Flickr/Rob Bernhard)" width="620" /></a></div></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2012-10/photo-day-october-31-2012-103571 Waves photographed in Chicago caused by Superstorm Sandy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/waves-photographed-chicago-caused-superstorm-sandy-103533 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/sandyphotog.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Our Flickr group members got some great photos Tuesday of Sandy&#39;s effects on Lake Michigan. Get your photos into this slideshow by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/chicagopublicradio/" target="_blank">submitting them to our pool</a> with the tag &quot;ChiSandy.&quot;</p><p><object height="465" width="620"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3DChiSandy%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2F%3Fq%3DChiSandy%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=ChiSandy&amp;api_group_id=32855810%40N00&amp;api_sort=interestingness-desc&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3DChiSandy%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2F%3Fq%3DChiSandy%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=ChiSandy&amp;api_group_id=32855810%40N00&amp;api_sort=interestingness-desc&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" height="465" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620"></embed></object></p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/waves-photographed-chicago-caused-superstorm-sandy-103533 Wind, waves make for tricky commute http://www.wbez.org/news/wind-waves-make-tricky-commute-103517 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6622_alt_57.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/52491776?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;badge=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>High winds and possible flooding could make for a tricky commute in Chicago early this week.&nbsp;The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory and a lakeshore flood warning for Lake and Cook counties.</p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Bardou says all commuters, whether they be on foot or driving, should be really careful by the lake.</p><p>&quot;Any roadways along immediate lake shore within hundreds of feet of the lake will have the risk of having water splashing up on them with waves. This may be small scale roads right along the lakefront, or even some of the larger roads such as Lake Shore Drive,&quot; Bardou said.&nbsp;<br /><br />Bardou expects high wind gusts of 55 to 60 miles per hour by the Lake Michigan to continue to the evening hours. The lakeshore flood warning will be in effect until 4:00 Wednesday. Bardou said&nbsp;even if the winds eventually die down, he says the waves will take longer to ease.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/wind-waves-make-tricky-commute-103517