Chaos at JFK airport with flood, storm backlog

12 January, 2018, 19:22 | Author: Regina Silva
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As of Sunday, a number of flights continued to be delayed or canceled at the airport. "It's simple is terminal 4 accepting inbound flights yet", @Pulido_Alvin posted exasperatingly in response.

The severe weather forced JFK to close Thursday as a wicked nor'easter tore through the region.

The Kennedy Airport Twitter account tweeted that traffic was heavy into Terminal 4, as taxis were being rerouted to the departure level.

The Port Authority, which runs New York-area airports, announced that flights were being limited into JFK, "including all flights scheduled to arrive into Terminal 1 for the rest of the evening".

"It's getting like a madhouse", traveler Steven Litvin told NBC 4 NY.

"It's far from it, because I mean just look around; there's no place to sit", he said. "Customers may experience residual delays, particularly for worldwide flights". But there was still the issue of getting her checked bags off the plane. Ultimately, it's responsible. The Port Authority must not divert this flight.

While Merrill had no such luck, some passengers did manage to get on flights out of the city over the weekend.

In an update provided January 8, PANYNJ said it had directed that all baggage from domestic carriers should be on their way to customers by the end of the day, and worldwide carriers were directed to expedite their respective baggage returns as well.

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The Port Authority tried to diffuse the anger of JFK patrons by releasing the following statement.

The airport was already experiencing up to two and a half hour-long delays for arrivals, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Other photos showed a sea of unclaimed luggage and packed crowds of frustrated travelers unable to reach their destinations.

And then very bad went to unimaginably worse.

Flooding due to a water main break forced the suspension of worldwide flight arrivals at New York's John F. Kennedy global Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days. The incident also forced the suspension of worldwide arrivals at the terminal.

Part of the terminal was evacuated Sunday after water cascaded into the waiting area and swamped baggage carousel areas. The Port Authority said the break "appears to be weather-related".

"What happened at JFK Airport is unacceptable, and travelers expect and deserve better", said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.

Two Air India's Delhi to NY flights have been delayed indefinitely on Sunday, as permission to fly into John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport is not available due to bad weather. As of Monday afternoon, 62 flights have been delayed out of JFK, and 20 canceled.

Two of our sons flew out two hours later, also after a delay (and a couple of hours on the tarmac!) on BA. Thousands of flights were cancelled because of the winter storm, leaving many travellers stranded at the airport for days. At least there's nowhere for the airport to go but up in 2018.

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