Update: Airports reopen but New York air transport still affected by hurricane aftermath

31 Oct 2012

JKF airport in New York and Newark airport in New Jersey are due to re-open with limited service at 0700 East Coast time on Wednesday, October 31, according to Port Authority of NY and NJ alerts. La Guardia airport will remain closed for longer. The AirTrain services to the airports are also not operating. 

Airlines are advising that airports in New York have sustained considerable damage and operations may remain subject to disruptions. They add that services will intitially be focused on getting people home and flights are currently very full.

Cathay Pacific (CX) has announced that it plans to resume its scheduled services to New York starting November 1 but disruptions are possible. Passengers bound for New York or leaving New York are advised to check with the airline regularly, or visit for updates.

Flight CX840 scheduled to depart at 1620 local time today (October 31) from Hong Kong to New York is cancelled. This is in addition to the previously announced cancellations of CX830 from Hong Kong and CX845, CX841 and CX831 from New York. 

CX has offered to waive all rebooking, rerouting, cancellation and refund charges for tickets issued worldwide on or before October 28 for travel on Cathay Pacific with confirmed bookings involving New York between October 29 and November 2, 2012. 

“Passengers should be aware that local transport within the city is very limited, and services at the airport in general may be inhibited by airport staff’s inability to get to work,” said a Cathay Pacific spokesperson.

Singapore Airlines has advised that flights SQ21 from Newark to Singapore on October 30 and October 31, along with SQ22 from Singapore to Newark on October 31 will be cancelled. Flights SQ26 from Frankfurt to JFK on October 31 and November 1 will also be cancelled (SQ26 SIN-FRA on October 31 will operate as scheduled and depart at 2355). Flight SQ25 from JFK to Frankfurt on October 30, October 31, and November 1 will be cancelled. 

SIA said it will waive administrative fees and penalties for refund, rebooking or re-routing, for customers holding confirmed tickets issued on or before 28 October for travel between Singapore and Newark, and between Frankfurt and JFK from 28 Oct to 1 Nov 2012. This also applies to KrisFlyer redemption tickets.

New York’s bus services are expected to start running on some routes from today. Mayor Bloomberg has said that there is “no timeline” for when the Subway will re-open (to check the status of New York Transit click here).

Nicholas Olczak

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