After prompting some flights to be canceled or diverted, including one that was turned around and sent back to New Zealand after almost making it to the United States, a power outage in a terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport lasted into a second day on Friday.
Terminal 1, which handles some of the airport’s foreign flights, will be closed on Friday “due to electrical concerns,” the airport’s managers announced in a tweet late on Thursday.
According to authorities, an electrical panel breakdown that resulted in a small fire swiftly put out triggered the outage.
The four other operational terminals at JFK are being used to accommodate impacted aircraft, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages New York’s major airports.
Some aircraft were compelled to return to their starting places.
An Air New Zealand flight had to turn around and return to Auckland after traveling two-thirds of the way across the Pacific Ocean.
After more than 16 hours in the air, the airplane finally landed in New Zealand.
In the late 1990s, Terminal 1 was inaugurated. It will be replaced by a brand-new, $9.5 billion terminal currently under construction.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the official start of construction until last summer initially planned for 2020.