A historic blizzard that blanketed the Northeast with several feet of snow was still causing heartburn for pilots, air traffic controllers and stranded passengers Wednesday.
Some 10,000 flights have been canceled because of the weather since Saturday, according to the airlines.
Representatives from AirTran, American, Continental, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, United, U.S. Airways, Spirit and Southwest reported a total of at least 9,726 trips were called off due to weather since Saturday.
Of those, at least 1,335 flights were canceled on Tuesday as major airports across the region slowly got back to normal.
Nowhere is the traveling heartburn more pronounced than at John F. Kennedy airport in New York where passengers on international flights have had to wait up to 11 hours on the tarmac before being allowed to deplane.
At least a handful of flights sat in the cold of a New York night early Wednesday, waiting for a gate and permission to unload. Passengers on at least three flights - Aero Mexico, Air France and Lufthansa - waited more than six hours to get off their planes.
The wait was even longer for a Korean Air flight from Seoul, which arrived at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, but did not arrive at the gate until about 5 a.m. Wednesday, more than nine hours later.
However, other international flights arrived without delay.
Passengers told CNN that a Transaero flight from Moscow to New York had no delay before reaching the gate, and two Avianca flights from Cali and Bogota reported no issues.
"We did contact the airlines and have been telling them they must not leave their point of origin without being assured of a gate," Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said. "Apparently, it didn't help."
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