Passengers wait at the terminal as a plane sits on the tarmac during heavy rain at Newark Airport as local media reported on the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida carrying drenched rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic Ocean, in Newark, New Jersey, September 1, 2021, in this still image from video obtained from social media.
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More than 370 flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport were canceled Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped record rains in the New York City area and caused flooding at the United Airlines hub.
The cancellations, ahead of the Labor Day weekend, accounted for more than a third of the airport’s schedule.
Flights at the airport were briefly halted during the storm. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the ground floor of Terminal B was closed Thursday morning due to flooding.
Images on social media showed flooded areas of the terminal and flooding in a baggage handling area.
According to flight tracking site FlightAware, more than 200 flights, or 11% of United’s Thursday schedule, were cancelled.
The Port Authority said the LaGuardia airport in Queens had “minimal” flooding, although an image posted on Twitter showed snowblowers being used to clear water from a runway.