NEW YORK — Controllers at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York are operating from a secondary control tower due to what the facility calls a “minor water leak” in the main facility.
Because a secondary control tower was being used, some planes circled for hours and hours waiting for permission to land. One man PIX11 News spoke to heard of an incoming flight from Abu Dhabi delayed four hours.
The airport’s Twitter account confirmed the details Saturday evening. They noted that the wet weekend weather was also causing delays.
“Operations at this facility, combined with area weather, require more spacing between aircraft,” the statement read. “As such, the FAA is holding most flights destined for JFK from departing.”
The FAA has a “traffic management program” in effect to deal with the situation.
By 8 p.m., JFK controllers were able to return to their primary control tower but it was passengers in other airports across the country trying to fly into Kennedy who perhaps suffered the most.
We spoke to Katie Meyers, a producer for the PIX11 Morning News, who was trying to fly in from Cleveland, only to have her flight rescheduled for 6 a.m. Sunday morning. A Delta gate attendant in Cleveland told her that more than 2000 flights systemwide were canceled because of this water main break at JFK.
By 10 p.m., the delays were down to about 15 minutes.