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Three major airports reopen in New York, U.S.


08:49, August 30, 2011

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The three major airports in New York, U.S. reopened on Monday after being closed for days due to Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday and killed at least 32 people.

The airlines are just recovering on Monday after canceling thousands of flights at the three airports, which include J. F. Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia, over the weekend.

About 650,000 to 700,000 air travelers have been grounded since Friday, said Daniel Baker, CEO of Flight, a flight tracking service. The airline is adding several flights on Monday to take care of passengers who couldn't fly over the weekend.

The good news is that many of the affected passengers made alternate arrangements, Baker added.

"It will take a few days for everyone to get where they want to go," said Mateo Leras, a spokesman for JetBlue.


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