Delays at JFK, LGA and Newark airports expected: FAA

Passengers traveling from all three major airports in the three-state area faced delays Monday night as airline disruptions continue to be a cruel summer theme.

The Federal Aviation Administration warned in a tweet at around 5 p.m. Monday that delays at JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Airport could be around two hours. The FAA blames the problems on “unexpected staff availability.”

“Due to unexpected staff availability tonight, the FAA must reduce the flow of planes around New York City to maintain safety,” the tweet said. “Evening delays can be 2 hours at @JFKairport, @LGAairport & EWRairport. Check for updates and your airline for flight information.”

    United Airlines planes are parked at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ, on July 1, 2020.  On Monday 15 August 2022
The flight was said to be delayed due to staffing issues, the FAA said.

In a follow-up tweet shortly after 9 p.m., the FAA, “New York City airspace now has some additional personnel,” allowing ground delays at JFK and Newark to be called off.

“It’s unusual to see the expected delays as being due to a lack of staff availability,” Kathleen Bangs, a spokesperson for the tracking group, told NBC News in an email.

The FAA announcement is the latest complication for the airline industry that has struggled all summer, leading to flight delays and cancellations for passengers ready to jump on planes as COVID concerns ebb.

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