Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport

Water main break delays flights at New York's beleaguered JFK airport

There was more misery for those trying to get through JFK Airport in New York Sunday as a water main break forced the closure of Terminal 4 and took with it 38 gates, a lot of them used for worldwide flights.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which oversees New York's airports, said airlines were rescheduling passengers but that near-record cold temperatures were adversely affecting equipment, further slowing the airport's recovery.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the agency, which oversees airport operations, would conduct a thorough investigation.

"What happened at JFK Airport is unacceptable, and travelers expect and deserve better", he said in a statement."The Port Authority is committed to providing the highest caliber of service to all travelers and we will hold those responsible accountable for any shortcoming we find".

Power in the affected area of the terminal was temporarily shut off for safety reasons.

More delays have been added Sunday to the storm-related aftermath the already beleaguered airport is working to recover from.

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The terminal was accepting no worldwide arrivals for much of the afternoon, but around 7:45 p.m. ET, the airport said it was resuming operations.

"Passengers who have already arrived are being deplaned and taken to other terminals for processing", the spokesman said in a statement. Departures were not impacted.

While global and domestic flights resumed at Terminal 4, the wait continues at baggage claim.

It was unclear what caused the water problem, which sent about 3 inches of it into the terminal's west end.

The meltdown on Sunday, two days after the year's first major snowstorm, forced passengers to deal with long lines to rebook cancelled flights and to search through mountains of luggage for their bags - if they could get into JFK at all.

Passengers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Terminal 4 wait for flights, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

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