Hurricane Sandy cancels flights at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

MANATEE -- Six scheduled flights at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport have been canceled Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.

Three scheduled arriving flights -- A JetBlue flight from New York Kennedy, a US Airways flight from Washington Reagan National and a JetBlue flight from Boston -- have been canceled. Also, not flying are returning flights to the three northeast airports, according to the airport's website.

Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the U.S. northeast Monday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

Major carriers such as American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta planned to cancel all flights into and out of three area airports in New York, the nation's busiest airspace. According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, nearly 7,500 flights had been canceled for Sunday and Monday. Both Philadelphia International Airport and Newark International Airport, a hub for United Airlines, each had more than 1,200 cancellations for the two days.

Delays rippled across the U.S., affecting travelers in cities such as San Francisco to Chicago, and disruptions spread to Europe and Asia, where airlines canceled or delayed flights to New York and Washington from cities that are major travel hubs including London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

At Tampa International, "multiple" flights to and from the airport had been canceled, according to the airport's website. Officials advised passengers to check with their airline before going to the airport.