It was quite the site, when a Singapore Airlines A380 diverted to Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, New York as New York’s John F. Kennedy closed due to the recent blizzard which closed the runways due to heavy winds and lack of visibility.
The 325 passengers aboard Singapore Airlines Flight 26 from Frankfurt, Germany, found themselves on a snowy runway for more than three hours at humble Stewart International, about 80 miles north of JFK.
The sight of the giant plane, whose 262-foot wingspan is more than double that of a Boeing 737, was unusual for the airport, which is dwarfed by JFK in terms of passenger traffic. In 2016, about 137,000 passengers boarded at Stewart. At JFK, some 29 million passengers boarded, according to the Department of Transportation.
Singapore Airlines transported the passengers to New York by bus. transportation to New York for the passengers, a spokesman said.
When it comes to Stewart, the airport has a 11,800 runway, meaning the A380 was safely able to land. However, the real challenge was that the gates at the airport can’t reach the massive aircraft’s doors, so passengers had to deplane and then were bussed to New York.
This wasn’t the only diversion caused due to the storm which shut down JFK from Thursday 11am until it reopened Friday at 7am.