JFK airport reroutes and delays hundreds of flights due to control tower leak – NBC New York
Air travelers faced massive delays over the weekend of July 4 as crews worked around a “minor water leak” at the control tower at JFK Airport.
The airport confirmed the impacts on arrivals and departures shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday via its Twitter account. The FAA has withheld flights departing to JFK until at least 8 p.m.
“JFK controllers operate from a secondary control tower due to a minor water leak in the primary facility,” the tweet said.
All inbound flights already in flight and departing planes were on average about 30 minutes late, officials said. The first counts showed that at least 300 flights suffered some delay on Saturday.
The full extent of the impact on air travel was not immediately known, but a review of flight data on the airport’s website showed dozens of hijackings. Domestic and international flights have landed at airports on the east coast, including Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Miami.