NYC airports: 2 hour delays possible at LaGuardia, Newark, JFK due to staffing issues

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York City airports faced two-hour delays on Monday due to staffing issues.

According to the Federation Aviation Administration, the delays at the Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports were due to staffing problems at the air traffic control centers.

As a result, they said they were reducing the flow of planes around the city to maintain security.

Throughout the night, a steady stream of fully loaded flights made their way down the runway at LaGuardia Airport, parking and sitting, while frustrations ran high.

“I think the rules have changed about what an on-time departure means,” said delayed passenger Eduardo Hauser. “I think it’s now when you push out the gate.”

Hauser, who took a flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia, said it took about half an hour for his flight to even go online to take off.

When it comes to air travel, it’s already been summer of hell, with the industry struggling under the weight of passengers with pent-up demand for travel in a system severely understaffed after COVID-19.

Airports blame the airlines and the airlines blame the FAA.

“Maybe we’ll drive. Maybe that’s better. We’ll see,” said the landed passengers Janaiyia and Latrice.

After their Caribbean cruise, they thought it would be a good idea to fly from Miami to Indianapolis via LaGuardia.

But they were wrong. By the time they got to New York, they had missed their hookup.

Now they are left with little more than a hotel voucher and a flight that does not leave until Tuesday afternoon.

“I would work in the morning, like I have things to do, we have things to do, can’t be home on time,” said Janaiyia Edwards.

This is the latest news. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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