JetBlue Weekend Meltdown at New York’s JFK Airport

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Following the tail-end of the weekend storm in NYC, JetBlue Airways suffered a meltdown at New York’s John F. Kennedy last night. Operations were suspended most of Saturday at JFK, and JetBlue struggled to resume on Sunday. As a result, hundreds of passengers on arriving flights were stranded on the tarmac for hours waiting for gates and to deplane.

Based on FlightAware, there were upwards of 20 arriving aircraft waiting for gates. Due to their staffing and gating challenges, several inbound flights last night to JFK ended up diverting to Newark.


It’s unclear what exactly happened last night with JetBlue, however it appears that the issue was due to ground crew staffing. The airline didn’t have enough staff to unload airplanes and passengers. This led to delayed departures and unfortunately no gates for other incoming arriving flights to be unloaded.

JetBlue is still struggling to recover and has already cancelled 169 flights today. We reached out to JetBlue Airways at the time of this post and haven’t received a comment back from them yet.

Were there any readers who got caught up in JetBlue’s meltdown last night at JFK? Feel free to share your experience in the comment below.

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  1. jetBlue basically melts down daily. Has anyone ever looked at their on time performance stats for the last several years? Nearly every month they are the very last for on time performance. it’s not a rare event – it’s a daily event. A weekend meltdown is pretty much normal operations for them. Not bashing them as I have some great friends that work there, but the on time performance is not even remotely something to be honored so these massive cancellations and hours of delays is just the daily norm. They are loved. They have a great product. The reliability and performance does not seem to harm them.

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