New York-area airports reopened on Monday as US airlines gradually restored more flights to their operations throughout the Northeast that were halted by Hurricane Irene.
Airlines would need a day to reposition aircraft flown out of the region ahead of the storm, leaving Tuesday as their target for returning normal service to the storm-struck region.
John F Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York and Newark in New Jersey — biggest US aviation hub with 100 million passengers annually — were closed on Saturday as the storm bore down on the mid-Atlantic.
The three airports handle about 6,000 flights per day total.
JFK and Newark opened to arrivals at 6 am EDT and will begin handling departures at noon. LaGuardia would open to both arrivals and departures at 7 am, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
Airports in Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston were all open as well.
Airlines began winding down schedules on Friday in advance of Irene. They cancelled more than 12,500 flights, including 1,300 on Monday, according to the tracking service Flightaware.
AIrlines including US Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and JetBlue Airways were most affected.
Some repositioning flights heading to open airports carried passengers while others were empty. Carriers had to reassemble flight crews and ground staff.