Floods delay flights at JFK Airport New York

Welcome to Cheapflights

The simple way to find cheap flights and hotels from all your favourite travel companies

New York was hit with record rainfall last night which has caused major disruption for travellers.

John F Kennedy International Airport reported 7.72 inches of rainfall last night, the most which has ever been recorded there in a single day.

Problems flood in for JFK

New York was hit with record rainfall last night which has caused major disruption for travellers.

The John F Kennedy International Airport reported almost 20cm (7.72 inches) of rainfall last night, the most that has ever been recorded there in a single day.

The busy airport serves nearly 40 international and domestic airlines and welcomes more than nine million passengers each year.

Flights looks set to be delayed further as more rain is expected on Tuesday.

Holidaymakers looking forward to a sunny American break in the Big Apple will be left ducking for cover after the flooding caused signal problems and even uprooted trees along the Long Island rail road.

The unprecedented rainfall inched past the previous record of 16cm (6.3 inches), according to the national Weather Service which has been keeping records for 116 years. The expected rainfall for August is 10cm (4 inches).

Transit officials within the area spent Sunday pumping water out of the subway system and fixing problems with signals on the train lines. Buses were re-routed in order to avoid the flooded streets in Queens.

The Department for Environmental Protection in the city sent out 21 maintenance crews as well as emergency repair works.

Some local beaches have been closed and electrical power is still out for some 1,000 customers who use Con Edison, the energy supplier.

(Image: Paul Lowry)

Floods delay flights at JFK Airport New York was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!