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JFK still plagued with weather-related delays, cancellations


Weather-related flight delays and cancelations at JFK continued to ground passengers Sunday.


Thousands of travelers in the international air hub found themselves stranded by Thursday’s massive snowstorm and the frigid temperatures that followed.


Saturday’s “extreme cold” and the ongoing recovery effort “created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators,” the Port Authority said on Sunday.

Passengers were enduring long waits in a crowded JFK after the frigid temperatures continued to create delays and cancellations at the airport.

(Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)


Problems included staff shortages and a glut of passengers, as well as frozen equipment and problems with baggage.

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There were 1,008 arrivals and departures, 94 canceled flights and 17 diverted flights.


But the airport’s runways and taxiways are “fully operational,” the Port Authority said.


“Airlines remain in recovery mode, rebooking passengers from cancelled flights and reunited passengers with their luggage,” it added.


In Terminal 4, exasperated travelers were seen Sunday reclining next to their luggage.

Miryam Sadaiq, 26, sits with her luggage while waiting for a flight to Pakistan on Sunday.

Miryam Sadaiq, 26, sits with her luggage while waiting for a flight to Pakistan on Sunday.

(Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)


“We just want to get home to Brazil,” said Carlos Koester, 52, cuddled with his wife and two teens.


“We were in New York for a week. We love New York, but now we are stuck here. It’s frustrating. The storm caught us and now we have been stranded here for 13 hours.”


They were told they might make a midnight flight, Koester grumbled.


Nearby, a group of travelers clapped in order to prod Copa Airline employees into opening check-in gates.


When an airline staffer said the carrier didn’t have available planes, some started yelling “liar! liar!”


“We have been here since yesterday,” someone groused.


Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport seemed to be operating without massive headaches.


Newark’s AirTrain went out of service Saturday.


Nine people were evacuated from a stalled train.


There were no reported injuries.

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