Air New Zealand flight makes a U-turn after 8 hours because of JFK power outage
February 17, 2023 3:36am
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A power outage at JFK Airport forced a New Zealand flight to turn around eight hours into its journey to the Big Apple.
International flights in JFK’s Terminal 1 were brought to a standstill Thursday when a fire caused a major power disruption.
Travelers were required to travel to alternate terminals and airports or come to terms with having to travel on a different day.
On one Air New Zealand flight, passengers were stuck aboard the aircraft for 16 hours after their plane was sent back to Auckland due to chaos at JFK, according to Flight Radar.
While there’s been no official word on when Terminal 1 will reopen to its full capacity yet, JFK Airport announced Terminal 1 would remain closed Friday.
“JFK Terminal 1 will remain closed on 2/17 due to electrical issues as the Port Authority continues working with the terminal’s operator to restore flight operations as quickly as possible,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told The Post in a statement.
“Travelers should check with their carriers for flight status before coming to the airport.”