JFK Airport water pipe break weather-related

Rick Cotton said Monday the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey will thoroughly investigate what went wrong and why during the past four days.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says it's launching an investigating into a water pipe break inside a terminal at Kennedy Airport that added to the delays at the airport still coping from the aftermath of a snowstorm. It's not clear how many flights have been affected but the departure board is a sea of red and yellow cancellations and delays.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says passengers who have already arrived are being taken to other terminals for processing. Maintenance crews were deployed to mop up the west end of the terminal, which saw about three inches of flooding, according to a Port Authority spokesman.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the agency, which oversees airport operations, would conduct a thorough investigation.

While worldwide and domestic flights resumed at Terminal 4, the wait continues at baggage claim.

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The official Twitter account for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey tweeted news of the break, which also led to a shutdown of worldwide arrivals into Terminal 4. "There has been no impact on departures and [the airport shuttle] as far as we know".

While all runways and taxiways had been ploughed clear of snow and reopened by Sunday, inbound flights faced 21/2-hour delays as the federal and local authorities carefully managed the flow of traffic at New York City's main worldwide travel gateway, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration's website.

Following the storm, passengers were kept on planes and waited hours to retrieve luggage as flights were delayed and canceled.

The gridlock was particularly bad at Delta Air Lines' global hub at Terminal 4 along with Terminal 1, which is used by overseas carriers such as Air France and Japan Airlines.

  • Darren Santiago