New York airports are open but still paralyzed by snow


The three New York airports, Newark, Laguardia (pictured) and JFK are open but slowed to a crawl by snow. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The three main New York City airports are open but are virtually paralyzed by blizzard conditions. JFK, La Guardia and Newark International are all able to get planes to land safely. However, getting people out of the planes and clearing flights for take off is incredibly difficult.

Blizzard conditions pound New York airports

A record amount of snowfall and blizzard conditions have battered New York City for days, and the New York airports have taken a lot of punishment. All three New York airports are open but are virtually paralyzed by conditions. Flights are landing at JFK, La Guardia and Newark International Airport, but getting passengers deplaned is incredibly difficult, according to CNN. Passengers on some flights have been stranded on the tarmac for hours on end. Equally difficult is the task of getting other flights to take off, as some people have been staying in the airport for more than 24 hours, waiting for their flights to be cleared to leave.

Stranded on the runway

Several flights have landed at New York airports, only to be forced to wait until airport workers can clear a gate for them to deplane. By Tuesday, Dec. 28, La Guardia had all three runways open, but JFK and Newark were down to a single working runway, according to the New York Times. More than 4,000 flights have been canceled in the wake of severe winter weather. A Cathay International flight from Hong Kong, already diverted to Toronto and back to New York, sat on the runway at John F. Kennedy International for more than 10 hours. AeroMexico flight 404 from Mexico City sat from just after 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. A British Airways flight had a similar predicament, as customs workers had already left for the night.

Delays continue

As winter storms continue to batter New York City, the New York airport system will continue to experience delays and cancellations. Snowfall is already on record as some of the worst weather the East Coast has ever experienced.



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