December 27th, 2010
09:13 PM ET

As snow passes, headaches remain for travelers in NYC, New England

CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - The New York metropolitan area's three major airports all reopened by 6 p.m. Monday, but headaches remained for tens of thousands of stranded passengers and for millions of people still digging out from the huge holiday-week blizzard.

The worst of the storm, which brought blinding snow and wreaked havoc from the Carolinas to Maine, had passed by early Monday evening. Still, the numbers spoke for themselves - over 4,155 flights cancelled, up to 32 inches of snow piling up, and wind gusts maxing out at 80 mph - and spoke to the continued challenges facing emergency personnel, government workers and others trying to return to normal.

"This storm was one of the most challenging storms we've had in a decade or two," New York's LaGuardia Airport General Manager Thomas Bosco said. "We had 25 inches several years ago, but the snow stayed in place. Today the snow piles are drifting."

One runway at LaGuardia opened by 5:45 p.m., said Bosco, though only ten planes were expected to touch down tonight - and not until 7:30 p.m. Two departures were scheduled.

John F. Kennedy Airport, located further south in the same New York City borough of Queens, and Newark Liberty International, in northern New Jersey, opened to incoming and departing traffic at 6 p.m., said Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Joren.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked residents not to dial 911 unless calling about a life-saving emergency, as edgy travelers continue to face difficult weather conditions stemming from the fifth-largest storm in the city's history.

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Updated: 9:13 pm

Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Kerry

    Many flight cancellations due to the storm in the NE were obviously necessary, but, as an airline employee, I wonder if the public knows just how many more would-be delays turned into cancellations due to the passenger bill of rights. With a fine of $27,000 per passenger, the airlines just can't take the chance of a runway delay preventing timely food deliveries to the plane, or a return to the gate within the deadline while in a long runway line up. Look where you bill of rights has gotten you now, inconvenienced passengers! Some people would take the inconvenience to get home late, runway delay or not!

    December 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  2. casey benton

    all i've got to say is i try to keep it "fair and balanced" and switch back and forth from cnn and fox news. i had the pleasure many years ago when miss kaye booked a room at a hotel i worked at and was less than nice and said "do you know who i am"? that was when she was just a local anchor in minneapolis. can't imagine how "nice" she is now. her alone deters me from watching cnn....

    December 28, 2010 at 5:27 am |
  3. Kim

    It was beautiful here for Christmas and hasn't snowed at Christmas since 1947.Ugh that would be miserable stuck in an airport and hang in there.The pilot and his attorney on airport security are great and he needs to be appointed a national security hero. Hope his career doesn't get torn up over this.If so,that'd be a real American national security shame and he's pointing out flaws and real areas of security concern to address that make common good sense for the billions American citizens have spent.Does Obama need to fire his Homeland Security team in Washington at the top and just hire a bunch of pilots to get the job done with retired homeland security Air Force Pilots to run security at the airport ? Our Homeland Security is appreciated and so is the ground crew at all airports but the pilot wins national security hero of the year and his concerns pointed out are intelligent and good will come from it for changes in security needed.It's not about a door or where that door goes and who has the access cards at our airports ? How many are issued and lost report ?

    December 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Sam

    Hey Chad if its 1000 planes with 200 passangers that's not 20,000 people that's 200,000 people needing to rebook flights.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm |