Worldwide flights to JFK airport reduced amid backlog


Worldwide flights to JFK airport reduced amid backlog

An extreme winter storm is now hitting the US' east coast, which led to the shutting down of airports and the cancellation of about 3,300 flights, mainly JFK.

The cancelled flights for today are BW 016 from JFK, New York, to Norman Manley International, Kingston, Jamaica and the BW 551 from JFK to Piarco International Airport, Trinidad.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the China Southern plane was being towed during the collision, which occurred just after midnight. The jumbo jet - and its 262-foot wingspan - is too big for the airport's gates so passengers were forced to walk in the frigid temperatures to reach the terminal.

Two flights headed to New York - OS87 from Vienna and LH400 from Frankfurt - had to turn back due to the "current capacity limit at JFK", Flightradar24 said.

The Port Authority attributed the delays to a backlog of flights, hundreds of which were cancelled ahead of the storm.

NBC New York reports that the passengers aboard the Kuwait Airways flight had been taken to hotels while they waited to be rebooked on alternative flights.

Since Friday, outraged passengers have been taking to Twitter to air out frustrations with the delays.

Passenger Chris Mendez, who was aboard Alitalia flight 8604, added that one of the passengers had a heart condition and was experiencing a medical emergency.

The situation comes the same day an American Airlines flight had to return to the airport following takeoff after a mechanical failure.

According to air travel tracking service Flightradar 24, dozens of planes had the same issues after landing.

Later, the airline said the plane made it to a gate after 4 hours - and after circling the entire airport.



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