JFK Airport’s Terminal 1 closed after power outage causes disruption

Feb 17, 2023

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New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is down a terminal, the airport has confirmed.

Terminal 1 – which is served by Air France, China Eastern, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Norse Atlantic Airways and Swiss, among many other airlines – remains closed today (Friday, 17th February), after “electrical issues” led to a power outage yesterday (Thursday, 16th February).

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In a statement on Twitter, the airport said: “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.

“Travelers should check with their carriers for flight status before coming to the airport.”

The chaos at one of the world’s busiest airports began on Thursday — the result of an electrical panel failure.

The failure not only caused the power outage but also sparked a “small isolated fire overnight that was immediately extinguished”, said a statement.

Terminal 1’s “ability to accept inbound and outbound” flights was affected, with some flights redirected to other JFK terminals.

Some flights were redirected to other U.S. airports along the country’s East Coast, while numerous planes were forced to U-turn mid-air back to their original airport.

Among them were a Korean Air flight from Seoul (ICN) and an ITA Airways flight to Milan (MXP), both of which had been in the air for several hours.

The unfortunate route taken by an Air New Zealand flight to JFK yesterday (Screengrab via Flight Radar 24)

Unluckiest of all, though, was Air New Zealand flight ANZ2 from Auckland (AKL) to JFK.

Its passengers made it a good way across the Pacific Ocean, before their flight turned back to AKL. They ultimately spent a fruitless 16 hours in the air, and the epic about-face was captured by Flight Radar 24.

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