Power restored after LaGuardia outage causes 168 Delta cancellations

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QUEENS––Construction work at LaGuardia Airport knocked out power and forced Delta to cancel 168 flights, causing lengthy delays.

Around 4:30 a.m., a contractor accidentally cut feeder cables to Terminal C, killing the power for portions of the terminal, parking lots 4 and 5, and multiple passenger loading bridges, according to Port Authority officials.

There were no injuries reported.  Using generators, power was restored to Terminal C around 8:30 a.m.  Full power isn't expected to be restored until sometime overnight.

Some parts of the terminal still don't have functioning air conditioning, escalators, concessions or moving walkways.  All other systems are working, according to officials.

Delta says they provided snacks and beverages to customers stranded in the terminal.

Customers at the Queens hub have uploaded pictures of the outages within the terminal showing powered down screens.

While some airlines were unaffected, Delta was forced to cancel at least 168 mainline and connecting flights.  Heavy delays stranded passengers for up to three hours as Delta tried to consolidate its remaining flights.  As of 5 p.m., those delays were just 15 minutes, according to the FAA.

Delta is urging passengers to check the status of their flights using the Fly Delta app or on delta.com.  Delta customers who have tickets to travel Friday or Saturday from any of the five New York City-area airports  -- including Newark, LaGuardia, JFK, Stewart-Newburgh or White Plains -- can change their dates without penalty.

Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected or see live updates at Flight Aware.

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