New York’s JFK airport endures fourth day of chaos spakred by big freeze

11:54 • 09.01.18



New York's JFK airport has been hit with delays for a fourth day running on Monday.


Travelers faced chaos after the airport was hit with blizzard conditions, a burst water pipe, plane crashes and an armed passenger trying to smuggle a gun past security in recent days, the Daily Mail reports.


The Port Authority are now warning of fresh delays at JFK Airport on Monday, with almost 60 flights delayed or cancelled, the Daily Mail reports.

 

The problems began on Thursday when the airport's snow teams weren't able to keep up with the “bomb cyclone” which brought heavy snowfall and strong winds. JFK was closed, initially to reopen Thursday afternoon.


The majority of international flights bound for JFK weren't due to arrive until the afternoon, when it was due to reopen, so set off as usual with almost no cancellations.


But the storm got much worse, forcing the airport to close completely until 7am on Friday - meaning dozens of flights already in the air had to divert with many simply returning to their point of origin. More than 6,000 flights were cancelled amid the chaos.


By the time the airport finally did reopen Friday, the dozens of diverted aircraft from Thursday all had to compete with the day's normal scheduled flights.


The result was a disaster. There simply was not enough availability to deal with double the amount of flights, meaning aircraft kept arriving but had nowhere to go, forcing air traffic controllers to direct them to unused runways and taxiways for extended periods of time resulting in very lengthy delays, the PointsGuy reported.


The reopening was compounded by further disasters - such as a plane needing to turn back for an emergency landing after a false alarm and a collision on the tarmac. 


One Air China flight had to wait more than hours for a gate at Terminal 1 where it was eventually loaded via airstairs, rather than a jet bridge.


The backlog continued into Saturday where one Aeroflot flight say on a runway for nine hours before the crew finally requested someone come pick them up, and simply left the plane on the runway.


Eventually, the Port Authority stepped in and requested that the FAA stop all arrivals to the backlogged terminals, meaning every inbound flight had to call ahead to the dispatch centers to confirm there was a gate available for them when they landed.

  

Huge piles of unclaimed luggage remain at JFK airport which has been hit with days of delays

Many passengers were forced to leave their bags behind as the luggage carousels were not working. Now a huge mountain of bags remain at the airport

Exhausted passengers lay down as they wait for their delayed Avianca flight at Terminal 4 on Monday

Avianca passengers wait for flights at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, Monday, where delays have continued after four days of chaos

The delays were compounded on Sunday when a water mains pipe in Terminal 4 sprung a leak

Staff were forced to wade through the freezing floodwater at the terminal which was evacuated of passengers 

Lost luggage is surrounded by water at the airport where passengers were forced to leave it behind. The leak caused a power outage at Terminal 4 on Sunday which reopened last night

Video and photos showed dozens of suitcases on the floor of the terminal as water spewed from the ceiling and onto computers and other technology in an arrivals area

The airport has been rife with chaos for the past weekend as many passengers remained stranded from canceled or delayed flights from Thursday’s 'bomb cyclone' snowstorm. Water is seen castigating 

Crowds of angry passengers at the John F Kennedy airport descended into 'near riots' after being grounded for more than two days by the massive 'bomb cyclone' that battered the Northeast last week

According to passenger, Jeremy Silver, the madness began when travelers learned of their canceled XL Airways France flight at gate B23 (pictured) 

Chaos reigns at John F Kennedy Airport as thousands of passengers are stranded due to bomb cyclone-related delays and cancellations

Passengers are packed in quite closely in certain terminals as they ride out the travel nightmare in which they have unwittingly found themselves

 

 





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