Operations at JFK Airport slowly return to normal

Emirates flights to, from JFK disrupted due to adverse weather

The Port Authority blamed "cascading" issues that included the large numbers of holiday travellers, difficulties in baggage handling and staff shortages.

A water main break at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport delayed flights and forced a partial terminal evacuation Sunday as the airport struggled to recover from last week's powerful storm and a relentless run of bitter cold temperatures.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says passengers who have already arrived are being taken to other terminals for processing.

At the time of this writing, the airport was experiencing departure and arrival delays of more than two hours.




Its executive director, Rick Cotton, says investigators want to know why an internal pipe was not weather protected and whether any other failures contributed to the break on Sunday afternoon. Maintenance crews were deployed to mop up the west end of the terminal, which saw about three inches of flooding, according to a Port Authority spokesman. Now the Port Authority is launching an investigation into how a water pipe that feeds the sprinkler system could burst and cause such huge problems. Departures were not impacted.

Worldwide arrivals to one terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport have been suspended following a water main break.

While all runways and taxiways had been ploughed clear of snow and reopened by Sunday, inbound flights faced 21/2-hour delays as the federal and local authorities carefully managed the flow of traffic at New York City's main global travel gateway, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration's website. A succession of flights had been cancelled and thousands of passengers stranded before the incident, adding to a tense situation in a terminal that had already seen scuffles and hours-long waits at baggage claim to retrieve belongings. It also serves at Delta's global hub.

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