JetBlue to Ground Flights Due to Cold
JetBlue will ground all flights out of Newark, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Boston's Logan Airport starting at 5 p.m. on Monday because of the winter weather delays that have occurred over the past few days.
"Delays and cancellations during this week's winter storm placed planes and crews away from their previously scheduled routes," the airline posted on its website. "While our team has been working to repair schedules by bringing crews and planes back 'into position' and resume normal operations, further cancellations are still occurring as crews exceed their allowed duty times."
NBC News reports that the airline is concerned about "flash freezing" that could occur during the overnight hours into Tuesday morning and will ground all flights until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The reduction in operations began at 1 p.m. today.
"This plan allows for 17 hours of rest for our equipment and crew members and time to service aircraft," JetBlue said in a statement on the travel blog section of its website. Some 300 JetBlue flights will be affected .
JetBlue also placed some blame on new regulations for contributing to its decision. "Newly launched FAA regulations on pilot duty times caused delayed flights to quickly turn into canceled ones," the airline wrote.
JetBlue's flights to-and-from Philadelphia do not appear to be affected.
Travelers can rebook online or request a refund online at the JetBlue website. The airline is asking passengers not come to the airport if their flights have been canceled.
JET BLUE'S STATEMENT
Delays and cancellations during this week's winter storm placed planes and crews away from their previously scheduled routes. While our team has been working to repair schedules by bringing crews and planes back 'into position' and resume normal operations, further cancellations are still occurring as crews exceed their allowed duty times.
We understand the frustration this causes for our customers and will do everything we can to minimize the impact. If you're scheduled to fly out on a trip today, we'd encourage you to continue checking our operational advisory for current information on our fee waivers, and if you still opt to travel, please check the status of your flight online prior to leaving for the airport. For more information on our operational recovery, visit our BlueTales blog.
In an effort to minimize the impact to our operation we ask that you please refrain from going to the airport unless you have a confirmed flight scheduled to depart today.
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