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ALL PORT AUTHORITY AIRPORTS, BRIDGES AND TUNNELS, AND OTHER FACILITIES ARE OPEN AND FULLY OPERATIONAL

Date: Jan 21, 2001
Press Release Number: 10-2001

All Port Authority airports, bridges and tunnels, bus terminals and the PATH system are open and fully operational and will be ready to serve travelers when the work week resumes on Monday, January 22. The facilities include John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and the Staten Island bridges, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Hundreds of additional employees were called in to supplement facility personnel who worked around the clock during the storm. More than 150 snow blowers, melters and high-speed plows were mobilized at the airports, and more than 60 plows and other pieces of heavy equipment at the bridges and tunnels. As a result, JFK began resuming normal operations at 10:30 a.m., LaGuardia at 12:30 p.m. and Newark at noon.

Air travelers are urged to call their airlines today and tomorrow, however. Numerous flights were canceled yesterday and today by the airlines, with weather elsewhere contributing to the schedule changes and cancellations. By 4 p.m. today, 319 flights had been canceled at LaGuardia, 93 at JFK and 86 at Newark. Throughout the day, delays were minimal. Travelers are also advised to check airline websites. They can link to a number of these sites at the Port Authority’s Website, www.panynj.gov.

Emergency snow crews kept the George Washington Bridge, the Staten Island bridges and approach roads to the Lincoln and Holland tunnels open through the night. No major weather-related delays were reported at the trans-Hudson crossings at any time during the storm, thanks to crews working around the clock.

PATH, the rapid-transit line serving New Jersey and New York, also operated on a normal schedule without delays or disruptions throughout the storm. Crews there also worked through the night to keep above-ground portions of track free of snow.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, in midtown Manhattan, and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, are also operating normally and were open throughout the storm. Some bus carriers experienced service disruptions because of snow on local roads.

Throughout the height of the storm, crews worked to keep airport runways, taxiways and roadways operational. At JFK there were approximately 80 flights between 12 midnight and 11:30 a.m. LaGuardia handled 54 flights during the storm. Newark handled 204 flights between midnight and 3 p.m. Residual delays are expected to continue at the airports on Monday as airlines reposition planes grounded in a number of major cities because of the storm.

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