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Airport passengers weathering the storm

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

If you are traveling out of town Thursday, check with your carrier before heading to area airports.

On Wednesday night, Teterboro Airport was closed after a corporate jet, registered to Jet Services of Las Vegas, slid off the runway while landing. The FAA says the plane veered off the side of a runway a little after 8 p.m. None of the crew or nine passengers on board were hurt.

Meanwhile, the situation is also bad at LaGuardia Airport. Eyewitness News reporter Carolina Tarazona says many people have been stuck at the airport since yesterday at 4:00 p.m. Many were scrambling and hoping to get some information about their flights.

Unfortunately, there is not much good news to report.Because of the hundreds of flights canceled at each airport, there are minimal delays at Newark and Kennedy, however up to an hour delay at LaGuardia.

  • LaGuardia -- 30 to 60 minute delays
  • Newark -- scattered delays
  • Kennedy -- scattered delays

    "There's basically no delays because there's a lot of cancellations, so the airspace is clear,'' said Marc LaVorgna, a Port Authority spokesman. "The airport is operating fine.''

    New York to Washington shuttles were grounded because two Washington airports were closed. And many flights were canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of snow in the Midwest.

    LaVorgna advised fliers to check with their carriers.

    American Airlines reported that most of its flights from the three New York airports this morning have been cancelled. Subject to improving weather conditions, American hopes to begin resuming departing flights around midday. American advises passengers to check AA.com or call American Airlines Reservations for information about their flights before leaving for the airport.

    Jet Blue will waive its change fees and any fare differences to allow customers with reservations for travel on Wednesday, February 14, to or from Northeast area airports, to postpone their plans provided they rebook and travel on or before Friday, February 16, 2007, to avoid the inclement weather in the area. Travel must be to or from JFK, LaGuardia, Stewart, Newark, Boston or Washington/Dulles airports.

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    Closed Airports:

  • Westchester County Airport and Stewart Airport are now open, but most flights are cancelled.

  • Orange County Airport in Montgomery closed at 12:36 a.m. Time when the airport is expected to reopen is not known.

  • Dutchess County Airport closed at 7:33 a.m. Time when the airport is expected to reopen is not known.

    In Washington:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is now open for aircraft operations.

  • Washington Dulles International Airport closed at 5 a.m. Airport expected to reopen at 12:30 a.m.

    The FAA has instituted "traffic management programs," what we call ground holds, for aircraft en route to parts of the country affected by the storm. This will create cascading delays through Wednesday.

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