The First Flights into New York City's Airports after Hurricane Sandy
We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: airport operations are limited at all airports in the immediate NYC area, including the big three (JFK, LGA and EWR), but also Stewart and Teterboro. The good news: the airports are OPEN. YEEEHAWWW. Let's take a moment to recognize what airlines and flights got their sh*t together fastest and were first ones in, in a step towards resuming normal operations:
The last of the three major airports to reopen, LGA sustained the most overall flooding and resulting damage. Limited services began this morning, November 1, with a Delta flight from Syracuse. Even NY Governor Cuomo announced the arrival on his official Twitter, complete with the above Instagram.
John F. Kennedy International:
Officially reopened to arriving flights at 7am on October 31, though the first flight landed at 6:40am. That flight was a JetBlue red eye from Sacramento, CA, followed by another JetBlue red-eye from Long Beach. Totally appropriate considering JetBlue is "New York's Hometown Airline." International arrivals picked up after 1pm, with our own inbound Lufthansa nonstop from Munich, Germany landing after 11pm.
Along with JFK across the way, Newark reopened on the 31st at 7am. The first flight in wasn't so eventful, considering no passengers were onboard to cheer at wheels down; the flight was a FedEx cargo plane, arriving 7:12 a.m.
[Photo: nygovcuomo on Instagram]