JOHANNESBURG, South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled ITS flights between New York City and Johannesburg as the extreme bad weather continues to blanket the northeastern United States with record snowfall.

The winter storm which has hit the US has caused congestion at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and most other airport in the northeastern and nort central parts of the US. The US Eastern Seabord has been slammed by a massive winter storm since early Thursday morning.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said here Sunday that the airline was dealing with a very difficult situation in which it had been forced to cancel flights, leaving passengers stranded. He said alternative travel arrangements available for passengers included re-bookings and re-routing.

We will make means to refund customers and try to minimize the inconvenience to our travellers, presenting options to them. We will also upgrade our aircraft to accommodate the travellers who are stranded in the United States, said Tlali.

The monster Bomb Cyclone storm which has battered the US East Coast is creating economic hardships. The Eastern US is experiencing record-breaking low temperatures following a powerful blizzard. Weather forecasters said temperatures in New York reached an all-time low.

They added that wind chills could make it feel as cold as minus 42 degrees Celsius in parts of the country. The so-called “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm has wreaked havoc in the region over the past three days, killing at least 22 people.

It brought with it heavy snowfall, giant waves and flooding.