Aviation News

August 29, 2011

New York City Airports Set to Reopen Monday Morning

The three major airports serving New York City are set to reopen on Monday after Hurricane Irene made its way along the U.S. East Coast, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) confirmed on late Sunday.

Hurricane Irene as photographed from the International Space Station

Hurricane Irene as photographed from the International Space Station. (Photo by NASA)

John F. Kennedy (JFK) International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports were closed on Saturday afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Irene, which moved into Canada on late Sunday after it weakened to a post-tropical storm.

PANYNJ said both JFK and Newark are scheduled to open to arriving flights at 6 a.m. local time on Monday, with departures set to resume at noon. LaGuardia Airport will reopen to both arrivals and departures at 7 a.m. Monday.

“Given the complexities of resuming flights, travelers are urged to contact their airlines before coming to the airport to learn about potential delays and cancellations,” a PANYNJ spokesperson said. “Additionally, due to limited mass-transit options tomorrow, arriving and departing passengers should make sure they will be able to get to and from the airports via alternative means if necessary.”

AirTrain JFK is expected to be back in service at 4 a.m. Monday with AirTrain Newark scheduled to resume operations about two hours later, at 6 a.m. PANYNJ said it is coordinating the reopenings with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies.

Stewart International Airport, which is located about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Midtown Manhattan, is also scheduled to resume operations on Monday, but no time was immediately given. “Travelers should check status with individual carriers,” PANYNJ said.

Teterboro Airport, which is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Midtown Manhattan, will remain closed until further notice after it experienced flooding during the storm. “The Port Authority will announce re-opening plans at this airport when they are finalized,” the agency said.

Bus, subway, and regional rail service in New York City are also expected to partly resume operations on Monday, but widespread cancellations and delays are expected. Irene killed at least 21 people across eight states, including two in New York.

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