The Federal Aviation Administration delayed flights to Newark in New York and New Jersey, and it briefly grounded flights to Philadelphia International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Smoke from Canadian wildfires continues Spread throughout the northeastern United States.
Due to the so-called ground stop, flights scheduled to fly to Philadelphia and LaGuardia must be grounded at their home airport. The LaGuardia Field stop was canceled at 7:45 a.m. ET, and downgraded to a “ground delay.” Philadelphia Stadium expires at 9:15 am ET.
The FAA is also delaying flights to Newark Liberty International Airport. Visibility was reported at three miles at 9 a.m. ET in Newark. The FAA’s ground delay plan currently expires at 9:59 am ET.
According to an FAA advisory, flights nationwide are delayed an average of 34 minutes, with maximum delays lasting an hour and 47 minutes.
Delays in and out of LaGuardia are expected through Thursday night. The FAA’s operational plan for Thursday shows smoke affecting the ability to travel from New York to Charlotte throughout the day.
“Reduced visibility from wildfire smoke may require the FAA to take action to safely manage traffic into New York City, DC, Philadelphia and Charlotte,” the agency’s statement said.
On Wednesday, the FAA released A similar ground stop to LaGuardia Airport.
According to tracking service FlightAware, as of 9 a.m. ET, 840 flights to and from the U.S. have been delayed, 59 of which have been canceled. New York’s JFK Airport and Newark Liberty Airport in Newark, New Jersey were hit hard by the fog. JFK had two canceled flights and 36 delays, accounting for 5% of its schedule. Newark had two canceled flights and 24 delays, representing 2% of its flights. LaGuardia was not listed among FlightAware’s most affected airports. Wednesday ended with 5,600 US flight delays and 162 cancellations, though not all due to smoke.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg He tweeted that On Wednesday, “Smoke from Canada’s wildfires is affecting visibility in our airspace and leading to delays. The FAA is fully prepared to modify operations as needed.
– CNN’s Chris Isidore and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report
This story was updated from the source.