With Hurricane Sandy set to hit the United States east coast soon (by Monday night local time), Jet Airways and Air India have grounded their flights to New York and Newark indefinitely.

These are among the nearly 6,000 flights that have been cancelled across cities on the east coast due to the hurricane.

Jet Airways cancelled its flights 9W 227 and 9W 228, operating between Brussels and Newark, on Monday. The same flights scheduled on October 30 and 31 would also stand affected, a Jet spokesperson said.

“Guests booked on these delayed/scheduled change flights, can rebook themselves into alternative flights [with an allowance of one date/time change without penalty] by contacting the Contact Centre or their agent(s),’’ the spokesperson added.

Air India preferred to indefinitely delay their flights rather than cancel them. AI-191 Mumbai-Newark and AI-101 New Delhi-New York flights have been indefinitely delayed. Passengers have been informed and transit passengers have been provided hotel accommodation in New Delhi, the spokesperson said.

Expected to strike on Monday night (U.S. time), with gusty winds and heavy rainfall, Sandy is likely to create a havoc in major parts of the east coast — from North Carolina, New England, to as far west as the Great Lakes. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in a number of States, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, District of Columbia and Massachusetts.