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This week is a great time not to see the U.S. as the ripple effect of Sandy threatens departures and arrivals at airports outside of the effected areas.

Passengers due to fly to the east coast of the United States are facing a second day of disruption after storm Sandy made landfall, causing widespread flooding and power cuts.

Nearly 6,000 flights to and from the US have been cancelled today, including 19 British Airways services and 14 Virgin Atlantic services to cities including Newark, Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

United Airlines has grounded all 14 transatlantic services scheduled for today, American Airlines has cancelled six flights from the UK, Delta has scrapped three, and US Airways two.

Other services, to destinations such as Boston and Orlando, are experiencing delays.

In total, 71 flights to or from London Heathrow, and seven from Manchester have been cancelled, as well as seven from Dublin, 20 from Paris, seven from Brussels, six from Rome, seven from Zurich, nine from Munich, nine from Amsterdam, and 11 from Frankfurt, according to the website

Passengers affected by the disruption are being given the opportunity to rebook or apply for a refund. Package holidaymakers due to travel should contact their tour operator. For a full guide to your rights in the event of flight cancellation, see our guide .

Meanwhile, cruise ships are being forced to miss a number of ports of call. New York’s port is currently closed, while visits to Long Island Sound and Key West have been cancelled.

A number of cruise lines have also reported damage to their private Caribbean islands, caused by the storm, with Royal Caribbean’s island Coco Cay; Castaway Cay, owned by Disney Cruise Line; and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay, all affected.

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