Press Release Article


Date: Feb 09, 2013
Press Release Number: 18-2013

Port Authority urges travelers to call airlines before heading to the airports

Limited passenger flight activity will resume as early as 9:00 a.m. today at two of the region's busiest airports following a snowstorm that blanketed the area overnight. The first commercial flight landed at 6:40 a.m. this morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport. All of the Port Authority's airports remained open during the winter storm.

Airlines at both John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports are expected to resume passenger flights as early as 9:00 a.m. this morning. There will be limited activity at Newark Liberty International Airport during the morning hours; however, a heavier volume of passenger flights is not expected to begin until the noon hour due to the fact runways at Newark had to be shut down overnight as a result of heavy snow that produced whiteout conditions. At Stewart Airport, afternoon flights will resume.

Most airlines will operate on a reduced schedule today. Due to the possibility of cancelled or delayed flights, the Port Authority urges all travelers to check with their carriers before heading to the airport to learn if their airline has confirmed the departure and/or arrival of their flight.

The Port Authority had deployed extra personnel to all of its facilities during the overnight hours and snow teams continuously plowed and removed snow off runways and taxiways throughout the night and morning hours in order to enable flight operations to resume as early as possible. Crews also applied anti-icing chemicals to runways and taxiways to keep them free of ice. Airport personnel prepared cots, blankets and other essentials to assist customers who became stranded.

Other Port Authority facilities continued to operate with minimal to no impacts as a result of the storm. At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, NJ Transit resumed service at 8:00 a.m. PATH service is operating normally and the agency's four bridge crossings—the George Washington Bridge, the Goethals, Bayonne, and Outerbridge Crossing are open, however, a 35-mph speed restriction remains in place at the bridges. Port facilities also are open with no operational impacts reported.

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