Flight operations halt at JFK due to winter storm

ANI | Updated: Jan 05, 2018 09:13 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 05 (ANI): A major American airline on Thursday cancelled its additional 200 flights as all the airline operations were suspended at the New York's John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports due to heavy snow and strong winds.

The Delta Air Lines confirmed the same in a statement.

"Neither airport is expected to reopen until later this evening, pending the removal of snow and ice from runways, taxiways and ramp areas," the statement said.

"Delta has 200 mainline and Delta Connection cancellations on the books for Friday due to the inclement weather in the Northeast and New England. A reduced schedule at both NYC airports is expected Friday as the airline works to reset its operations in the region," it added.

The airline further recommended customers with flights departing from the New York area airports on Friday to check its website.

"Friday are encouraged to check Delta.com for the status of their flight and plan travel to the airport accordingly due to challenging road conditions throughout the area. At LaGuardia, MTA's Q70 LaGuardia Link bus from Roosevelt Avenue is complimentary Friday," it said.

"Those driving to LaGuardia should consider using this alternate route when approaching the airport from an eastbound direction on Grand Central Parkway," it added.

Until Thursday noon, the fast-moving, powerful Nor'easter that brought snow and ice conditions to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic has begun impacting airports in the Northeast and New England, including at Delta's hubs in New York.

"Delta cancelled approximately 750 mainline and Delta Connection flights Wednesday and Thursday as a result of the storm for airports stretching from the southeast to Maine," the statement said.

"Additional flight disruptions are possible, pending evaluation of field conditions at airports impacted by the storm. The airline's Boston operation has been suspended for the remainder of the day Thursday with flights scheduled to resume at Logan International Friday morning, pending a facility assessment of the airfield," it added. (ANI)