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.
There are nearly 20 inbound flights scattered around the taxiways unable to reach a gate, some of them for several hours. At least half a dozen flights are also now diverting to Newark. pic.twitter.com/EfChgbb6J9
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) January 31, 2022
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.