Passengers traveling from all three major tri-state area airports faced major flight delays on Monday night as airline disruptions continued due to staff shortages.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated in a tweet Monday around 5 p.m. that delays could be around two hours at JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Airport. The FAA blamed the issues on “unexpected staff availability.”
“Due to unexpected staff availability tonight, the FAA must reduce the flow of aircraft around New York City to maintain safety,” the tweet said. “Evening delays maybe 2 hrs at @JFKairport, @LGAairport & EWRairport. Check fly.faa.gov for updates and w/ your airline for flight info.”
In a follow-up tweet after 9 p.m., the FAA, “New York City airspace now has some additional staffing” allowing for ground delays to be called off at JFK and Newark. The agency’s website showed that a departure delay averaging 30 minutes remained at LaGuardia Airport but was improving.
Newark airport in New Jersey was having 45-minute average delays and LaGuardia was seeing 30-minute delays.