July 6, 2022

Airports Resume Service in Northeast After Hurricane Irene

Airlines haltingly began to resume some flights on Sunday in the northeastern United States after the destruction left by Hurricane Irene, but travelers still faced widespread cancellations into Monday and backups well into next week.

Almost all flights were canceled in Philadelphia and Boston on Sunday and the three big airports in the New York area were closed.

In Washington, both Dulles International and Reagan National reopened with no major damage reported from the storm, and flights began leaving early Sunday, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said.

“There are still many cancellations and delays especially on flights to other airports in the Northeast,” said Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the authority. “It is going to continue for another day or two. We recommend that people check with their airlines. Some flights are going but a lot are not.”

The Baltimore Washington International airport said flights were expected to slowly resume on Sunday, but more delays and cancellations were expected.

The Philadelphia International Airport said it was reopening at 4 p.m. Sunday. But, it said, no airlines had departures scheduled for Sunday.

In Boston, there were “numerous cancellations on Sunday; normal operations are expected to resume Monday midday,” the airport authority said in a statement.

Phil Orlandella, a spokesman, said Logan airport in Boston had remained open over the weekend but almost all flights had been canceled. He said airlines would resume flights sporadically on Monday but that first “they have to get their airplanes in here.”

LaGuardia was scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday for arrivals and departures while Kennedy and Newark would handle arrivals by 6 a.m. and departures by noon, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

United and Continental had canceled 2,300 flights on Saturday and Sunday and said they did not expect to resume flights from the New York airports before noon Monday “with the time depending on facility conditions and access.”

As a sign that the problems would stretch into the week, further flights would inevitably be canceled Monday, they said.

In the wake of the problems, they and other airlines like JetBlue were waiving change fees for customers with flights in the affected areas. JetBlue, which canceled 1,252 flights over the weekend and on Monday, said it might be operating some flights by Monday afternoon.

American Airlines said it had canceled 1,161 flights over the weekend, mainly in the New York and Washington areas, and had already canceled 89 more so far for Monday. American said it had resumed flights from Washington on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Delta, which canceled about 1,100, or 20 percent, of its flights Sunday, said it would probably resume operations at New York airports and other locations by late Monday afternoon. The big international airlines were also caught up in the disruptions. Air France, for example, canceled flights out of Boston over the weekend and rebooked passengers on flights leaving only at the end of this coming week. Lufthansa said it had canceled 21 flights in and out of Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and hoped gradually to resume flights Monday. The airlines are rescheduling flights and rebooking passengers, and logistically spent the weekend moving aircraft and crew they had moved back to airports in the Northeast.

According to Steve Lott, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, an industry trade group, another issue was whether local airport employees could get to work without mass transit.

“The Washington area is coming back on line today. By tonight or tomorrow morning, we should be close to normal there,” Mr. Lott said.

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I.M.F. Chief, Apprehended at Airport, Is Accused of Sexual Attack

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was widely expected to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the first-class section of the jetliner, and immediately turned over to detectives from the Midtown South Precinct, officials said.

The New York Police Department arrested Mr. Strauss-Kahn at 2:15 a.m. Sunday “on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and an unlawful imprisonment in connection with a sexual assault on a 32-year-old chambermaid in the luxury suite of a Midtown Manhattan hotel yesterday” about 1 p.m., Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said.

Reached by telephone, Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer, said he would be representing Mr. Strauss-Kahn with William Taylor, a lawyer in Washington.

“We have not yet been able to meet with our client and we may have more to say tomorrow,” said Mr. Brafman, who said he had been contacted late Saturday night. He said Mr. Strauss-Kahn was being housed at the police department’s Special Victims Unit.

Early Sunday morning, Reuters reported that Mr. Brafman said in an e-mail that his client “will plead not guilty.”

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, had been expected to declare his candidacy soon, after three and a half years as the leader of the fund, which is based in Washington. He was considered by many to have done a good job in a period of intense global economic strain, when the bank itself had become vital to the smooth running of the world and the European economy.

His apprehension came at about 4:40 p.m., when two detectives of the Port Authority suddenly boarded Air France Flight 23, as the plane idled at the departure gate, said John P. L. Kelly, a spokesman for the agency.

“It was 10 minutes before its scheduled departure,” Mr. Kelly said. “They were just about to close the doors.”

Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn was traveling alone and that he was not handcuffed during the apprehension.

“He complied with the detectives’ directions,” Mr. Kelly said.

The Port Authority officers were acting on information from the Police Department, whose detectives had been investigating the assault of a female employee of Sofitel New York, at 45 West 44th Street, near Times Square. Working quickly, the city detectives learned he had boarded a flight at Kennedy Airport to leave the country.

Though Mr. Strauss-Kahn received generally high marks for his stewardship of the bank, his reputation was tarnished in 2008 by an affair with a Hungarian economist who was a subordinate there. The fund decided to stand by him despite concluding that he had shown poor judgment in the affair. Mr. Strauss-Kahn issued an apology to employees at the bank and his wife, Anne Sinclair, an American-born French journalist.

In his statement then, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said, “I am grateful that the board has confirmed that there was no abuse of authority on my part, but I accept that this incident represents a serious error of judgment.” The economist, Piroska Nagy, left the fund as part of a buyout of nearly 600 employees instituted by Mr. Strauss-Kahn to cut costs.

In the New York case, Mr. Browne said that it was about 1 p.m. on Saturday when the maid, a 32-year-old woman, entered Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s suite — Room 2806 — believing it was unoccupied. Mr. Browne said that the suite, which cost $3,000 a night, had a foyer, a conference room, a living room and a bedroom, and that Mr. Strauss-Khan had checked in on Friday.

As she was in the foyer, “he came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her,” Mr. Browne said, adding, “He grabs her, according to her account, and pulls her into the bedroom and onto the bed.” He locked the door to the suite, Mr. Browne said.

“She fights him off, and he then drags her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaults her a second time,” Mr. Browne added.

At some point during the assault, the woman broke free, Mr. Browne said, and “she fled, reported it to other hotel personnel, who called 911.” He added, “When the police arrived, he was not there.” Mr. Browne said Mr. Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left in a hurry. In the room, investigators found his cellphone, which he had left behind, and one law enforcement official said that the investigation uncovered forensic evidence that would contain DNA.

Mr. Browne added, “We learned that he was on an Air France plane,” and the plane was held at the gate, where Mr. Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody. Later Saturday night, Mr. Browne said Mr. Strauss-Kahn was in a police holding cell.

Mr. Browne said the city’s Emergency Medical Service took the maid to Roosevelt Hospital for what Mr. Browne described as treatment for “minor injuries.”

No matter the outcome of Saturday’s episode, it will most likely throw the French political world into turmoil and the Socialist Party into an embarrassed confusion.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a leading member of the party, has been considered the front-runner for the next presidential election in France in May 2012. Opinion polls have shown him to be the Socialists’ most popular candidate and running well ahead of the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, who leads the center-right party.

France has been waiting for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to decide whether to run for his party’s nomination in a series of primaries, which would mean giving up his post at the fund.

The view in France was that if Mr. Strauss-Kahn wanted to run, he would have to make his intentions clear early this summer, and most politicians and analysts have been predicting that he would not be able to resist the chance to run the country.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn contested for the nomination five years ago, losing to Ségolène Royal, who ultimately lost a second-round runoff to Mr. Sarkozy. Mr. Sarkozy then arranged for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to get the I.M.F. job, partly to remove a popular rival from France’s political landscape.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn was the French minister of economy under the Socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin, from 1997 to 1999, and he has also been a professor of economics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

In 1995, he was elected mayor of Sarcelles, a poor suburb of Paris, and married Ms. Sinclair.

The couple are known to enjoy the finer things in life, and Mr. Strauss-Kahn has sometimes been attacked for being a “caviar leftist.”

Recently Mr. Strauss-Kahn and his wife were photographed entering an expensive Porsche in Paris belonging to one of their friends. The image of a Socialist with Porsche tastes was quickly picked up by the news media, especially the newspapers that generally support Mr. Sarkozy.

William K. Rashbaum and Colin Moynihan contributed reporting.

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