JFK closes due to snow storm; Jetblue flight cancelled, CAL monitoring situation

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 11:45

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cancelled all inbound and outbound flights at John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday amid a winter storm that barreled its way through the northeastern United States, the Reuters News Agency has reported.

Forecasters warned the storm would bring winds gusting to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and periods of "thunder snow," which could drop as much as 4 inches (10 cm) of snow per hour, making travel extremely dangerous.

The news comes ahead of several flights out of this country to JFK this afternoon.

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is set to operate flight BW 550 leaving Port-of-Spain at 5.45 pm and Jetblue Airways flight 1818 is carded for 6.18 pm. 

CAL also operates BW 520 to JFK at 12.15 am.

Jetblue has already announced that its flights had been cancelled.

Caribbean Airlines' Corporate Communications Manager, Dion Ligoure says the airline is closely monitoring the weather system and has plans in place to handle any eventuality

The airline did not cancel its flights by the time of this report (4pm).

Snow emergencies have been declared in major northeastern metropolitan cities of the United States as Winter Storm Niko brings blizzard conditions and rapid snow accumulations to the region.

Nearly 4,000 flights have been cancelled nationwide because of the storm.

The cancellations also include at least 380 flights going in and out of LaGuardia and 376 flights at Newark. Boston Logan International saw 351 cancellations on Thursday.

At least one person is dead; a man died while shovelling snow in New York.

Authorities say the doorman slipped and crashed through a plate glass window around 9:30 a.m.

He was taken to Metropolitan Hospital with injuries to the neck and face and was later pronounced dead.

Roads are snow-covered and icy around New York City and Long Island. All schools around New York City will be closed for a second consecutive day Friday.