Major New York airports shut down during storm

Saul Bowman
January 5, 2018

The flight-tracking site FlightAware reports almost 5,000 canceled flights across the United States as a massive winter storm roared up the USA east coast. More than two-thirds of flights in and out of New York City and Boston airports were called off.

This same weather system forced Delta to suspend operations at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia due to snow and ice accumulation on runways and taxiways.

He explained they were supposed to fly back to New York Thursday after spending a week in Park City, but the soonest they can get home now is Saturday.

Thirteen states from SC to ME are under a winter storm warning and the governors of Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and NY declared states of emergency.

On Wednesday, eight flights were canceled and 150 more delayed with passengers waiting anywhere from 25 minutes to more than 4 hours, airport officials said in a news release.

The fierce conditions left almost 5,000 flights canceled across the country.

More than 4,300 flights were wiped on Thursday, and more than 2,000 were delayed as of 7 p.m. ET, according to FlightAware.

Airports across Canada's East Coast and the northeastern United States are advising travellers to check with their airline before leaving for the airport and to give themselves plenty of time to get there. AirTrain JFK is suspended and part of AirTrain Newark is not running, Port Authority officials said.

Bradley International Airport is open and operating.

FOX 5 reached out to Aerolineas Argentinas, but did not receive a response as of Thursday night. As of 6 a.m. Friday about a dozen flights were already canceled throughout bay area airports.

"Towards the end, it started getting impatient, but you know they were grateful that we got here safe", traveler Luis Figueroa said.

New York's emergency declaration covers the entire downstate region, including New York City and Long Island.

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