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Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport

09 January 2018

The threshold is more than three hours for a domestic flight and four for an global one.

With a forecast calling for a bit more snow and sleet Monday night, scores of flights were still delayed or canceled earlier in the day as one of the nation's busiest airports tried to untangle a knot of trouble that began when a winter storm blasted NY and snarled air travel on Thursday.

It was a flood of water and a flood of misfortune for thousands and thousands of passengers trying to retrieve their luggage and get home.

The airport appeared to be slowly getting back to normal on Monday but more than 100 flights were canceled in or out of JFK.

"We will thoroughly investigate why the pipe burst", Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said.

For airlines, the advantage of this arrangement is they have dedicated gates and facilities for their operations. American Airlines has Terminal 8. For one, gates are often allotted to scheduled flights. "There's a big lack of information".

Travel from New York's JFK airport has been disrupted for the fifth day running, after a burst water pipe compounded the issues caused by extreme weather in the city. Passengers were evacuated from the terminal after a portion of it flooded, and while it reopened later that day, operations were snarled again.

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As the skies cleared, unusually cold weather shot in, creating what the airport operating agency called a cascade of problems over the weekend.

While wintry weather is expected and airlines and airport officials knew about the problem days in advance, it was no consolation to passengers who waited for hours, and even days, to board flights.

"However, they were informed that this flight had been cancelled too and, furthermore, the airline was not prepared to cover further nights in the hotel, and was not going to send the coach to get them back to the airport, where they had been advised to leave their bags for the flight".

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.

Koch called out another infrastructure problem that recently snarled air travel: the almost half-day power outage last month at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world and the home of Delta Air Lines.

"There are 300 passengers there and I should say they're becoming restless", he said.

Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport