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Power outage impacts New York airport

February 16, 2023
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(CNN) — A power outage is disrupting flights at a John F. Kennedy Airport international terminal, the airport said Thursday.

The New York airport reported a “power disruption at Terminal 1,” which handles international flights. It said that “some flights may be arriving and departing from different terminals.”

A source familiar with the situation said there was an overnight fire that has since been extinguished that cut off power to much of the terminal.

The New York Port Authority is currently working to restore power at JFK’s Terminal 1 by working around the circuits that were impacted by the overnight fire, according to a Port Authority official with knowledge of the ongoing outage.

If this method of restoring the power to the terminal is not successful they are prepared to use generator power to get Terminal 1 back online, the Port Authority source added.

The aircraft ramp around Terminal 1 has been closed and is scheduled to reopen Friday morning, according to a notice posted in a Federal Aviation Administration safety database.

The FAA referred questions about the incident to the airport operator. The Transportation Security Administration said: “TSA is eagerly awaiting the power situation to be resolved.”

An Air New Zealand flight that was due to land at JFK at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday was diverted, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. The flight, ANZ2, was headed back to its departure point in Auckland Thursday afternoon, FlightAware showed.

Some arriving international flights were diverted to other East Coast airports including Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Boston’s Logan International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, JFK’s website showed.

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