Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

NY airport terminal flooded as brutal cold grips US East Coast

NY airport terminal flooded as brutal cold grips US East Coast

The New York Port Authority said the problems are due to a surge in flights produced by the rescheduling of flights, WABC reported.

Both planes sustained damage but no passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were injured.

Extreme cold and ongoing recovery from Thursday's brutal winter storm that snarled air traffic to the airport "created a cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators over the weekend", the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which manages the airport, said in a statement earlier Sunday.

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Passengers on Kuwait Airways flight 118 were taken to hotels and alternative routes for them will be planned, NBC New York reports. It also caused several flight delays. The disruption occurred while the U.S. Northeast continued to endure bone-chilling weather with the NY temperature at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius). "It's frustrating. The storm caught us and now we have been stranded here for 13 hours", Koester told the Daily News on Sunday.

When operations resumed on Friday, the backlog led to hundreds more delays or cancellations, crowding the terminals with stranded passengers.

'I waited for baggage, then at 7.30pmish they said "Oh sorry, because the plane went into the wrong terminal we can't bring it in". It's now 11pm and we've just been told we won't get our baggage tonight. "People are getting upset".

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Overall, 143 flights were cancelled due to the water main break.

The Port Authority said in its statement Sunday that airlines "remain in recovery mode, rebooking passengers from canceled flights and reuniting passengers with their luggage".

"They should have been way better prepared, plain and simple", he said.

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