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JetBlue halting flights at NYC area, Boston airports

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JetBlue is suspending outgoing flights at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, and  Boston’s Logan airports to catch up with weather-related delays and cancellations.

The airline started reducing flight operations at 1 p.m. Monday and will fully halt departing flights at 5 p.m., said a JetBlue spokesperson. Arriving flights will not be grounded. Departing flights will gradually start operating again at 10 a.m. Tuesday and the airline intends to be 100 percent operational by 3 p.m. that day

“This plan allows for 17 hours of rest for crews, and time for Tech Ops to service the aircraft,” JetBlue said in a statement on its website.

Newly launched FAA regulations on pilot duty times also affected cancelled flights, according to the airline.

“This isn’t the sort of operation we’re happy about, and have stood up every available resource throughout the last week to work with customers and adjust our schedules to minimize impact.”

If customers’ flights have been canceled, they can rebook travel or request a refund online. Customers with specific questions on compensation are also asked to contact JetBlue’s customer support team via jetblue.com.

Customers are encouraged to check the status of their flight online prior to leaving for the airport.



JFK Airport reopens after plane skids off icy runway

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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JFK Airport has reopened for arriving and departing flights after icy conditions reportedly caused a plane to skid off a runway early Sunday morning.

The airport suspended flights about 8:30 a.m. due to ice conditions on the runway and reopened about 10:30 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A Delta Connection 4100 plane slid into the snow, but there were no reported injuries, according to the New York Daily News.

Residual delays are expected.

JFK to reopen tomorrow, no timetable for LaGuardia

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will reopen John F. Kennedy International Airport tomorrow with limited service while LaGuardia will remain closed following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.

Monday, October 29 air carriers ceased all operations in to and out of the Queens airports, and Monday night at 8 p.m., the airports themselves started to follow suit.

“Due to floodwaters generated by Hurricane Sandy, the Port Authority has closed LaGuardia Airport until further notice,” said the transit organization.

The next morning, JFK International closed its doors as well.

The Port Authority advises travelers to stay up to date by checking www.panynj.gov, and stay informed about safety precautions and best practices for New York State via www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch.

Cancelled flights strand thousands at area airports

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Hurricane Sandy has shut down New York airports forcing stranded passengers and evacuated residents to flee to nearby hotels to seek refuge.

“Our first thought, as always, is the safety of our customers and our employees,” said Rick Sacco, the general manager at the Holiday Inn Express at Kennedy Airport.

Airports do remain open, but air carriers have ceased operation until further notice, according to the Port Authority. The organization encourages travelers to not travel to the airports at all.

Delta Airlines in particular has cancelled a couple thousand flights, and have halted operations in and out of New York airports, according to Delta spokesperson Eric Torbenson. Flights are set to resume at a to-be-determined time on Tuesday.

With flights cancelled for at least Monday, October 29 at both LaGuardia and JFK International, hundreds of passengers are stranded in Queens, hoping to ride out the storm comfortably.

“We’ve activated our hurricane action plan,” said Jimmy Mitts, director of security at the Sheraton LaGuardia East. “We are totally up and running, and we have enough staff on hand.”

Members of the staff from both of the hotels are staying in rooms so they can stay off of the roads.

“We have about one half of the staff staying at the hotel as of now,” said Sacco.

Residents from the nearby Rockaways and other areas that were mandated to evacuate also headed to hotels to get out of harms’ way.

“We’re preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best,” said Ed Staniszewski, general manager at the Sheraton. “We’re fully prepared to be without power for a number of days.”

Many area hotels, including the Sheraton, have emergency generators that will kick on to accommodate guests in times of severe weather. The Sheraton’s generator can power the hotel for up to three days.

The Holiday Inn Express at JFK still has open rooms for upcoming reservations, and will hold them for as long as possible. The Sheraton LaGuardia East, however, is completely booked with airport passengers and local community residents.

“Everything is depending on what’s going on outside and in the area,” said Mitts of what security’s next move is. Their emergency plan will go into effect on a circumstantial basis.

Shuttle service for both hotels is still underway, but as the weather intensifies, it may have to be cancelled. Currently, shuttle service to local areas such as drug stores is going on at the JFK Holiday Inn.

“They’re all stuck, and we try to do the best we can and let everyone be as happy as they can be,” said Sacco.