NEW YORK- Heavy rainfall and flooding have resulted in flight delays at all major airports in New York (NYC) on Friday. The terminal used by Spirit and Frontier at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) has been flooded due to the excessive water.
LaGuardia’s Terminal A, which houses the two low-cost carriers, has been temporarily closed, and the airport announced it would remain closed until further notice. The city experienced over 5 inches of rainfall on Friday morning.
New York Airports Flooding
On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented ground delay programs at New York’s three primary airports. The average delay at JFK International Airport exceeded three hours, while LaGuardia Airport experienced delays of over two hours, according to the FAA.
Streets were flooded across New York City, and subway service was “extremely limited” due to the torrential rains, which interrupted commuters and travelers across the region. Meteorologists forecasted that New Yorkers would see between three and five inches of rain on Friday.
Only 12% of flights into JFK International were on time Friday as of 1 p.m. local time, according to Anuvu’s Pulse dashboard. According to FlightAware, a flight-tracking service, JFK had three dozen flight cancelations, with more than 120 at LaGuardia.
As of 2 p.m. ET, 425 flights were canceled at the three major New York airports.
Among airlines (AA), Delta (DL) canceled nearly 3% of its flights Friday, along with 20% of flights by Republic Airways, a regional carrier for Delta with a large concentration of its flights in New York. Endeavor Air, a Delta subsidiary with flights at LaGuardia and JFK, canceled 8.4% on Friday.
American Airlines canceled approximately 2.8% of its scheduled flights, while Spirit Airlines canceled around 1.9%, as reported by Anuvu data.
United Airlines (UA) and its hub, located west of the city of Newark, experienced fewer disruptions due to the adverse weather conditions on Friday. Additionally, the heavy rainfall resulted in 15 diverted flights at the three major New York airports.
This downpour on Friday followed a series of rainy days, with rain occurring on four out of the previous five days, saturating the ground in New York earlier in the week.
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