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JFK power outage: Flights canceled at New York airport after ‘isolated fire’

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A terminal at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport will stay closed another day after electrical issues caused a power outage.

Those outages at Terminal 1 have caused major disruptions and led to the delay or cancellation of at least 100 flights. Terminal 1 was first closed on Thursday, and there is no information on when it will be re-opened.

JFK airport officials are urging travelers to make sure their flight has not been impacted prior to leaving for the airport.

JFK is attempting to restore functionality of Terminal 1 “as quickly as possible,” its website reads.

According to a statement from The Port Authority, JFK’s owner, the issue stemmed from “an electrical panel failure, which also caused a small isolated fire overnight that was immediately extinguished.”

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The terminal serves both domestic and international flights.

One Thursday flight from Auckland, New Zealand that was set to land at JFK and move through Terminal 1 was forced to make a U-turn back to Auckland while over the Pacific Ocean. The flight was scheduled to take roughly 16 hours, but ended up taking about 28 hours and landed right back where it took off in Auckland, according to an ABC report.

“Due to an electrical fire in Terminal 1 at JFK Airport and the terminal’s subsequent closure, NZ2 Auckland to New York was forced to divert back to Auckland,” a New Zealand Air spokesperson said in a statement.

Representatives for the The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment on this story.

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In recent months, there have been several travel disruptions in the airline industry, including an IT issue that halted Deutsche Lufthansa AG flights
and a flight-booking debacle from SouthWest
that led to cancellations during the 2022 holiday season.

With it now being President’s Day weekend, it’s important to double-check if there are any cancellation or changes to flights you may be taking.


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