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Experiencing JFK Airport's Main Runway Closure From the Tarmac

Where: JFK International Airport [map], New York, NY, United States
April 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

On March 1, the main runway at New York's JFK International Airport closed. Thankfully they are just taking three months to make repairs on the important thoroughfare, but of course that means increased delays and stress on airlines trying to get their usual heavy load of flights out on time with the remaining runways.

Yesterday we experienced the back-up of flights waiting to hit the road when we flew out of JFK's Terminal 5. Joining us on the tarmac were planes from American Airlines, Delta and Virgin America, all lined up behind our little Jetblue, patiently waiting for their turn. Although the line appeared lengthy, we only had a chance to watch the first 15 minutes of a TV show on the seat-back TVs before we were at the front; it was a far shorter wait then we had expected, so much for packing extra granola bars.

We snapped the photo above when we made the turn to come onto the departure runway, looking back to see who was next in line and who still had a few more crossword puzzles before they too could join us at 33,000 feet. We think the great weather of the day had a lot to do with the short wait times, but alas; we didn't find wait times to be as bad as the airlines made them out to seem.

Related Stories:
· Prepare for Delays at JFK as a Major Runway Goes Under Repair [Jaunted]
· New York-JFK news [Jaunted]

[Photo: Jaunted]

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