New York airport delays continue on third day of thunderstorms

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Flights at several airports in the New York area were delayed or canceled on Wednesday with continued inclement weather and thunderstorm activity.

Flights have been affected by thunderstorm activity in the region since Sunday, with thousands of flights delayed or cancelled between Sunday and Wednesday 28.

According to FlightAware data, over 8,000 flights have been either cancelled or delayed since severe thunderstorm activity began on Sunday.

Wednesday 28 June

The outlook on Wednesday continued the bleak trend of flight disruption. In their latest announcement on Wednesday 28, the FAA also advised that thunderstorms could affect travel in parts of Florida and the Midwest region.

The FAA daily Air Traffic Report for Wednesday provided the following weather outlook:

Low clouds and thunderstorms reported in New York (JFK, EWR, LGA), Washington, DC (DCA, BWI, IAD), Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD, MDW), Minneapolis (MSP), Dallas (DAL, DFW), Central Florida (TPA, MCO), and South Florida (FLL, MIA, PBI).

Wind reported in Las Vegas (LAS). Low clouds reported in San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Salt Lake City (SLC)


Ground stops issued

The US aviation regulator issued ground stops for all three of the major airports in the New York metro area on Wednesday morning, 28 June.

Specifically, this affected John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

A ground stop is an order that prevents planes from taking off or landing at an airport. The ground stops were lifted in the afternoon, but the delays and cancellations continued throughout the day.

According to the FAA, more than 2,000 flights were delayed and more than 300 were canceled at New York area airports on Wednesday 28.

Delta Air Lines issued a travel advisory for three airports valid for Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28: Newark NJ (EWR), New York NY (JFK) and New York NY LaGuardia (LGA).

The delays and cancellations affected travelers from all over the world, as New York City is a major hub for international travel.

In addition to the severe weather problem, the FAA has advised that it also working to address the staffing shortages, but it is unclear when the problem will be resolved.

In the meantime, travelers have been advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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