THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Press Release Article


AIR TRAVEL SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL AT NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY AIRPORTS, Heavy Delays Expected to Continue

Date: Sep 15, 2001
Press Release Number: 129-2001

Scheduled flights at Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia airports are expected to run at about 50 to 55 percent of their normal levels today.

As the New York/New Jersey airports, and airports around the country, gradually resume full flight operations, delays and flight cancellations are expected. Airlines are continuing to operate on sharply reduced schedules, and security is intense.

In light of the limited schedule, it is more important than ever for airport-bound travelers to consult with their airlines before heading to the airport, to confirm that the flight they intend to take or to meet is, in fact, operating. For departing passengers, once the flight is confirmed, plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure time to allow for heightened security requirements.

At Newark International Airport, 295 arrivals and 255 departures are expected today. LaGuardia Airport is expecting about 268 arrivals and 230 departures. At John F. Kennedy International Airport, 206 arrivals and 257 departures are expected.

Yesterday, the airports reported handling the following total numbers of flights (arrivals and departures): Newark: 290 (total); JFK: 84; and LaGuardia: 70.

The Port Authority continues to reach out to those who may have information about its missing employees, and to families of missing and injured Port Authority employees who need assistance. Family members seeking information about Port Authority staff can call 973 624-6203. The agency has opened two crisis counseling centers for Port Authority employees and their families, which are open around the clock, seven days a week. One center is at the Ramada Inn at Kennedy Airport, phone: 718-751-8200. The other is at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel, phone: 973-642-0165. No information about transit service or other travel information. We appreciate your cooperation.

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