Airports on the US east coast will start reopening today following the battering by Superstorm Sandy but widespread disruption will continue as services get back to normal.

Estimates have put the cost of the damage caused by the storm at between £6 billion and £12 billion.

According to the website FlightStats.com, 1,021 flights have been cancelled today due to the aftermath of the storm taking the total number over the last three days to 17, 062.

New York’s JFK airport is due to re-open on Wednesday afternoon and Newark airport will re-open at 7am local time today although both will have limited services.

Stewart Airport, in Newburgh, New York, is fully open but La Guardia remains closed.

Travellers flying from the UK have been advised to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.

Superstorm Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane ahead of it hitting land, is reported to have killed 40 people, 18 in New York, and left millions without power.

Parts of New York were inundated with flood waters as the storm’s arrival coincided with high tide to create a record 14ft storm surge, and the mop up operation is expected to take weeks.

The city’s subway is currently closed down having suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history and officials have not been able to put a timeline on plans to get it back up and running.

The storm had previously killed 70 people as it made its way through the Caribbean.