The Latest: Roof appears to blow off at airport, no injuries

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a late-winter storm's impact on New York (all times local): 9 p.m. A spokeswoman for American Airlines says a hangar belonging to the airline at New York's LaGuardia Airport remains structurally sound despite damage to its roof from high winds. Dramatic footage posted on Twitter appears to show either part of the roof or something covering the roof being blown off during Friday's severe storm. American spokeswoman Martha Thomas says no one was injured and no planes were damaged in the incident. Thomas says an initial assessment shows the building is structurally sound. She says the hangar will be thoroughly assessed on Saturday. ___ 8 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says more than 363,000 utility customers without are without power in the state as winds and snow down tree limbs and power lines. Cuomo says tractor-trailers are banned on bridges during the severe winter storm that is expected to continue through Friday night and into Saturday. He says truck drivers who violate the ban will be arrested and fined. Overturned tractor-trailers on the Verrazano Bridge and the new Mario Cuomo Bridge caused major traffic delays Friday. ___ 6:10 p.m. Authorities say multiple barges have broken loose in the Hudson River as a nor'easter pounds the New York metropolitan area. The Coast Guard was alerted around 12:45 p.m. Friday that barges were adrift south of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, formerly called the Tappan Zee Bridge. Photos tweeted by New Jersey's Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department show one barge loaded with long pieces of metal on its own by the New Jersey shore. The department says another barge sank off Yonkers, New York. Coast Guard Petty Officer Hunter Medley says his agency and others are working to determine how many barges went astray and resolve the problem. The Palisades Parkway police say commercial tugboats are also helping. The barges apparently were involved in a project Continue Reading

The Latest: Storm disrupts operations at New York airports

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a late-winter storm's impact on New York (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A late-winter storm is causing major disruptions at New York City's airports. All flights headed to LaGuardia airport were being held at their departure points Friday afternoon because of high winds. Airport officials said on Twitter that flights were departing and arriving at Kennedy Airport on a "limited basis" due to windy weather. About a third of the flights at Kennedy were cancelled by mid-afternoon. At Newark Airport in New Jersey strong winds forced the suspension of the elevated AirTrain service that carries passengers between terminals. ___ 11:46 a.m. A major nor'easter packing wet, heavy snow has sent tree limbs crashing down, left more than 150,000 customers without power and closed schools across upstate New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel advisory for all areas north of New York City, requesting limited travel due to dangerous driving conditions. The National Weather Service says Buffalo received 8.4 inches of snow by 7 a.m., a record for that date, and areas south of the city were under 20 inches or more. The Rochester area was closing in on a foot of snow. Accumulation were lower in eastern parts of the state, but the heavy mix of snow and rain made traveling hazardous, especially in the high-elevation areas like the Catskill Mountains. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! Tags: newswires associated press new york newswires Send a Letter to the Editor Join the Conversation: facebook Tweet Continue Reading

Fliers throw punches in ‘near riot’ at delay-plagued JFK Airport

Travelers at JFK Airport were getting snow where fast Saturday. Two days after the last flake fell, JFK was reeling from the first snowstorm of 2018 with equipment malfunctions, dozens of delayed flights and scores of unhappy customers. “We’ve been here since 8 a.m., and our flight keeps getting pushed back,” Leah Golubchick told the Daily News Saturday. “At first they said the baggage machine was frozen, so they were unable to take the bags off the plane. Now they said that the plane is snowed in at the hangar!” “How is 6 inches of snow enough to block a hangar?” the 31-year-old Brooklyn resident asked. “The flight crew and pilots are all here. They’ve been joking about grabbing shovels to help dig the plane out.” Golubchick’s travel problems began Thursday, when the storm forced her original Delta Airlines flight to Denver to be cancelled. She was ultimately put on Saturday’s flight — but the plane didn’t budge. “They’re not even announcing the delays anymore,” she said. “They’re just putting it up on the screen.” A Delta spokeswoman said Saturday night no additional flight cancellations were expected, and crews were focused on reunited passengers with their luggage. Kenneth Watson, an Army vet and graduate student from St. Cloud, Minn., showed up early for his 10:30 a.m. flight on Sun Country Airlines to Minneapolis. He left the airport seven hours later — but he wasn’t flying. “I checked the board and it said it was going to be delayed, and then it was just canceled,” Watson, 38, said. “No one told us anything. There was so much chaos. There were probably tens of thousands of people. It was like I was in a basketball arena.” Ryan Harrison and his family were all set to return home to Johannesburg when their flight was unexpectedly canceled. “The woman in the ticketing station just closed Continue Reading

Trump’s refugee ban sparks chaos at U.S. airports as travelers from majority Muslim nations are denied entry

A newlywed blocked from bringing her husband to Florida. Legal U.S. residents barred from returning to their homes. Airline passengers booted from flights worldwide. The wide-reaching ramifications of President Trump’s refugee ban unfolded around the globe Saturday, spawning chaos, uncertainty and criticism of the crackdown on refugees and predominantly Muslim nations. “It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters in the White House. “You see it in the airports, you see it all over.” Protesters, lawyers and politicians descended on airports around the country to try to help trapped travelers. They received good news Saturday night when a Brooklyn federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking the deportation of refugees and others detained under Trump’s travel ban. “On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court,” read a tweet by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit. Earlier, Gov. Cuomo said he was ordering state agencies to explore “all legal options to assist anyone detained at New York airports, and ensure that their rights are protected.” “I never thought I’d see the day when refugees who have fled war-torn countries in search of a better life would be turned away at our doorstep,” he said after two Iraqi men were detained at JFK Airport. “This is not who we are. And not who we should be.” Trump’s executive action bars permanent legal U.S. residents and visa-holders from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the country for 90 days even if their documents are in order. Some legal residents were in mid-flight when Trump signed his executive order Friday — and were detained at airports upon arrival back in the States. “Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole Continue Reading

AirTrain service delays frustrate flyers at Newark Airport

Frustrated flyers heading to Newark Airport on Friday got an unwelcome Christmas gift from the Port Authority — a broken AirTrain at the height of one of the busiest travel days in the year. The train was down for two hours starting about 3:20 p.m., Port Authority spokesman Neal Buccino said. The problem was signal failure, Buccino said. On Twitter, angry flyers were livid waiting in vain for an AirTrain to bring them to their flight. “@united #EWR airtrain not working. No busses. Hundreds stranded. Send #help!” wrote @TyrusEmory on Twitter. “@AirTrainNewark has a station full of people and not handling situations @UnitedAirlines please hold my flight,” @jeffbauer wrote on Twitter. Continue Reading

Newark Liberty International Airport Guide

Contact information and flight status Checkpoint savvyBusiest times: Terminals A, C and Terminal B-1 checkpoint: 5:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Terminal B-2: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Terminal B-3: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.Depending on your airline and your status with TSA, expedited TSA PreCheck lanes may be available. ParkingParking information: 888-397-4636.Most convenient: Valet Parking at Garage P4, $40/day. Short-Term Parking (Lots A and B, and garage C): $8/hour, $39/day. Daily parking (P4): $34. Parking Lots 1 and 3: $27/day. See more options. All lots (including long-term) offer reserved parking for a fee.Least expensive: Economy long-term parking (Lot P6): $18/day. Shuttle to terminals. See more options.Cellphone lot: Located near airport entrance, adjacent to P4 Parking garage. 100 spaces. No services. Transportation to/from cityMost convenient: Taxi (not including tolls/tips/surcharges), $15-18 to Newark, $20-$25 to City of Elizabeth, $50-$70 to New York City. Travel time varies. Note: $5 surcharge added during weekday rush hours to New York, plus surcharge for using credit card. Tips and tolls not included. See fares and more options.Least expensive: AirTrain Newark connects to NJTransit, PATH and Amtrak. NJTransit to New York Penn Station, about $12.50, including airport rail station access fee. Travel time: 30 minutes. Public bus service is available through NJ Transit Bus Lines. See fares, routes and schedules. Newark Airport Express bus to NY Port Authority terminal, Grand Central and Bryant Park, $16/$28 RT (plus $1 admin fee).  Travel time: About 40 minutes. See more options. Wi-Fi and charging stationsComplimentary 30-minute Wi-Fi sessions are available in all terminals. Additional fee-based Wi-Fi service is via Boingo. Unlimited Wi-Fi browsing available at Terminal C (United) on OTG-supplied iPads at gates and in restaurants.Power outlets: Complimentary power charging stations are located in all terminals, post-security. Go localGood choice Continue Reading

NJTransit bows to pressure from Daily News, slashes $2.75 penalty to go from Penn to Newark Airport

Bowing to pressure from the Daily News, NJTransit officials announced they're slashing the Manhattan-only surcharge on trips between Penn Station and Newark Airport. That means the cost of one-way tickets between the two stations will drop from $15 to $12.50, starting today. For years, NJTransit had slapped Manhattanites heading to the airport with a surcharge, prompting a series of Daily News editorials ripping the injustice. Since May 1, travelers heading to the airport from Penn Station had been paying $2.75 more than Jersey-based travelers in the same fare zone. "This equalizes the access fee for New York riders," NJTransit Executive Director James Weinstein said at Newark International Airport Station. Riders traveling between Penn Station and Newark Airport are still going to pay 25cents more than New Jersey-based riders traveling in the same fare zone. The drop in price, which will affect roughly 4,000 travelers daily, comes as part of a promotional campaign. But Weinstein said the fare change could be made permanent. "We're taking away the penalty that was on 60% of the people coming to Newark Airport," said Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority. Yesterday, The News experienced firsthand the two-tiered pricing system. Two reporters traveled from Penn Station to Newark Airport, with one buying a $15 fare to the airport and the other purchasing a $6.75 ticket to Elizabeth. The Elizabeth-bound reporter hopped off the train at the airport station and purchased a $5.50 AirTrain ticket, reaching the same destination for just $12.25. NJTransit riders embraced the pending fare decrease. "I'm shocked they're changing anything, actually," said Noram Collins, 42, of Princeton, N.J. "Greed, greed, greed. That's all it is. That's all it's ever been about." Robert Lorentzen, a marketing manager from Baltimore, said he had no clue abut the extra fee as he bought an overpriced ticket to Newark Airport. "Who's going to go Continue Reading

JetBlue terminal at JFK leads gourmet offerings at New York airports

As you take in the posh ambience at AeroNuova Italian restaurant and savor the handiwork of star chef Mark Ladner, it may feel like an elegant night out in Manhattan. But this isn’t the Meatpacking District. Try Terminal 5 at JFK Airport. The JetBlue terminal, which introduced nine full-service restaurants when it opened last year, is one of the growing number of unlikely places for upscale culinary adventures in Queens. Venues that once served less-than-inspiring fare to captive audiences have embarked on collaborations with some of New York’s top chefs and brand-name restaurants - including JFK’s Terminal 4, Terminal 8 and the new Citi Field stadium. “Customers expect the best, so when it came to thinking of gourmet restaurants at an airport, it was more a question of ‘Why not?’ than ‘Why?’ ” said Rick Blatstein, CEO of OTG Management, the food operator for the JetBlue terminal. Six celebrity chefs, including Roberto Santibanez of Rosa Mexicano, serve as consultants for the OTG-conceived restaurants. "It is unprecedented that you can get this kind of food at an airport," said OTG spokesman Dave Allan. "Even with the recession, we've had record spending on food and beverage this year. I guess people that have decided to travel want to travel well." Terminal 5 has the highest revenue per passenger in the history of U.S. airports, Allan said. One AirTrain stop away, JFK's Terminal 4 recently introduced the acclaimed Seafood Bar by U.K.-based Caviar House & Prunier. It's famous for its variety of Balik smoked salmon and Caspian caviar. "Our customer base is largely international, and that makes a huge impact on our food program," said Janice Holden, chief commercial officer for JFK IAT, which manages the terminal. Traveler Nicholas Torretti, 30, dined at the Seafood Bar recently after he missed his flight to L.A. "It's a six-hour wait at the airport now," said Torretti, an actor Continue Reading

Workers’ angst rerouted at JFK Airport

Weary airline customers aren't the only ones frustrated by the recent spate of flight delays and security line hassles, according to workers at JFK Airport. Now, a new program to help airport workers cope with unruly customers could bring some relief from the onslaught of profanity and the occasional fistfights. "I think this will go pretty far," said Anamaria Sotelo, 23, a supervisor for AeroMexico. Sotelo - who recalled an incident when a passenger nearly clocked her co-worker by hurling a courtesy phone at her head - was one of 30 in the inaugural class of a program called "Resiliency Edge," which began last week at JFK. Sotelo said the program seems more effective than other customer training because "it enlightens us more" as to what makes them love their jobs. "We as customer service agents need to be refreshed that this is why we are doing it," Sotelo said. The program was designed by the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University. Tom Murphy, an industry consultant and director of the institute, said he hopes the program will reduce the kind of hostile behavior created by tense situations. He explained how to improve job satisfaction by, basically, doing the job right. "You help travelers, and you will go home more rested at the end of the day," Murphy said. The program is expected to expand throughout JFK by late June and may be implemented at LaGuardia and Newark airports by the fall. Kate Hanni, president of the Coalition for an Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights, was guardedly supportive. "I am a little cynical, but we would applaud if the airlines would step forward and pay for this," she said. Companies that contract to operate the parking lots and the AirTrain, along with individual international front-desk workers such as Sotelo, have enrolled in the program. So far, no airlines have signed on. Hanni's efforts to improve customer service began after passengers in 2007 snowstorms were grounded in planes for up to 10 hours with no food, water or Continue Reading


THE PORT Authority's three major airports - and its AirTrain rail link to Kennedy Airport in Queens - are having record years, Port Authority officials said yesterday. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports are on track to handle more than 103 million passengers this year - up from the record 99.8 million passengers recorded last year, William DeCota of the Port Authority announced in a statement. AirTrain JFK has carried 3.5 million paid riders so far this year. It has been averaging between 11,000 and 12,000 daily riders over the last few months, officials said. Travel between terminals and parking lots in the airport is free. The AirTrain, which links the subway and Long Island Rail Road station in Jamaica with Kennedy Airport, opened in 2003. "We're where we expected to be and are exceeding that during peak travel periods," PA spokesman Pasquale DiFulco said of AirTrain ridership. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading