Moscow-NY flight turns back above Iceland over JFK 'bomb cyclone'

09 January, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Lora Ball
  • US winter storm causes travel headaches at NY airport

The aircraft made a u-turn mid-flight over Iceland, according to live Flightradar24 data.More than 6,000 flights were canceled or delayed at JFK due to the "bomb cyclone" winter storm that hit the Big Apple Thursday. "Please allow extra time and contact your airline". The Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday suspended arrivals of some flights.

"My son and others had to pay for a taxi back to the hotel where they were told that if they wished, they could have a refund for their flight and could try to get on another flight".

So what complicated the cleanup from a one-day storm?

"We will thoroughly investigate why the pipe burst", Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said. American Airlines has Terminal 8. One plane even clipped another outside a terminal amid the hard conditions early Saturday.

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. KSL-TV reported that all flights coming into the airport were being diverted.

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"A surge in flights at JFK Airport, produced by the rescheduling of delayed flights, combined with the effects of the winter storm, which severely disabled equipment, has resulted in terminal operators and airlines experiencing delays in getting planes and their passengers into their gates", the Port Authority said in a statement. As flights got backlogged, gates clogged up, and some arriving passengers waited on the tarmac for hours and ended up being bused to terminals. Many complained about a lack of communication from airlines about whether flights would take off as the storm left some flights without crews, which have strict limits to their working hours to ensure adequate rest.

"I'm trying to go back to Sao Paulo since yesterday, and I'm still in the airport, sitting on the ground", she said.

"This past weekend's events at New York's John F. Kennedy airport demonstrated in stunning detail the consequences of inadequate contingency planning and passenger communication at major worldwide airports", said Greeley Koch, executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

The gridlock was particularly bad at Delta Air Lines' global hub at Terminal 4 along with Terminal 1, which is used by overseas carriers such as Air France and Japan Airlines.

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

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