Getting back on track
New York (CNN) — Major airports across the U.S. Northeast slowly got back to normal today after blizzard conditions blanketed much of the region, leaving thousands of passengers stranded since the holiday weekend.
“With all the cancellations and delays, it’ll be two to three days before the airlines are at a regular schedule,” said Thomas Bosco, general manager of New York’s LaGuardia airport.
Officials say 100 flights were operating at LaGuardia between 6 a.m. and noon today . The airport would typically handle some 70 flights an hour.
John F. Kennedy Airport, in the New York City borough of Queens, and Newark Liberty International, in northern New Jersey, opened to incoming and departing traffic at 6 p.m. Monday, Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Joren said.
AirTran spokesman Christopher White said his airline didn’t plan any more cancellations today after dropping 81 flights on Monday. Instead, White said, AirTran planned to operate additional flights out of LaGuardia, Boston’s Logan Airport and White Plains, New York’s Westchester County Airport to get people home.
Delta Airlines also canceled 300 flights on Tuesday and was still facing reduced operations at JFK and Newark because of runway issues, according to spokesman Trebor Banstetter.
“We’re hoping to return to a full schedule at JFK by tomorrow morning, and at Newark by mid-day tomorrow,” Banstetter said.