A fresh wave of airport snow has been severely affecting air travel in the eastern United States, with large numbers of flight cancellations and delays.
The volume of snow that fell over 26-27th January outweighed earlier forecasts, and the result was that many airport runways were temporarily shut and routes into the airports became jammed. New York was especially affected, with JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport both forced to close down entirely for a period, but both are now open again.
The situation occurred after one and a half feet of snow came down on parts of New York City and New Jersey, and the problems weren’t just confined to the airports.
“New York City almost never takes a snow day, but today is one of those rare days”, Michael Bloomberg – New York’s Mayor – stated on 27 January.
New York Airport Snow Closures
The New York airport snow closures at JFK and Newark both lasted for close to 12 hours. Reopening them brought forward the issue of rearranging the flights that had been cancelled while the snow had been falling. According to airline officials, though, the situation wasn’t expected be as bad as after the previous airport snowfalls experienced in late 2010 and at the beginning of this year, on account of there being fewer scheduled flights to begin with.
In total, 2,142 JFK and Newark flight cancellations were ordered. Away from New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia International Airport also experienced delays and cancellations on 26/27th Jan, leaving thousands of passengers with nowhere to go for the night. Boston Logan International Airport was another affected hub – here, 200 flights stayed on the ground
As far as individual airlines were concerned, the list of snow-cancelled flights included the following
- Delta Airlines (and affiliate Delta Connection) – over 475 cancelled flights
- JetBlue Airways – 375 cancelled flights
- US Airways (along with associated partners) – over 350 cancelled flights
- Southwest Airlines – 120 cancelled flights
New York has now officially had its snowiest January ever, as far as recorded data is concerned.
Heavy Snowfall Cripples US Airports